Shelf life dating foods

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* Use Old El Paso cheese & salsa dip within 12 months of production.

* Use Old El Paso soft tortillas, and dinner kits containing only soft tortillas within 9 months of production.

As a consumer, I have the right to purchase the freshest product at the grocery store.

(December 2015) Date marks give a guide to how long food can be kept before it begins to deteriorate or may become unsafe to eat.

The two types of date marking are use by dates and best before dates.

Foods should not be eaten after the use by date and can’t legally be sold after this date because they may pose a health or safety risk. You can still eat foods for a while after the best before date as they should be safe but they may have lost some quality.

Foods that have a best before date can legally be sold after that date provided the food is fit for human consumption.

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