The federal government only requires expiration dates on infant formula and some baby food.
It is perfectly legal, for example, for a supermarket worker to take a steak that is older than the date stamped on the package and relabel it with a new date.
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With just a couple of exceptions, no laws regulate package dates -- variously referred to as sell-by dates, pull dates, expiration dates or quality dates.
That most dates appear at all is entirely up to the manufacturer or the grocer.
The milk with next month's date may not be fresher than the carton with next week's date.
And if you decide what to eat based strictly on the package dates, you probably waste a lot of money.