Good news for those who find themselves regretfully tossing out their untouched groceries: If you're one to throw away your food as soon as it hits that barely legible date on its packaging, you're probably wasting way more food than you need to. Turns out, those dates aren't necessarily hard expiration dates—and they definitely don't all mean the same thing.
Don't worry, though. We can clear up the confusion: In a recent report for Institute of Food Technologists, Bob Brackett, PhD, director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology, breaks down the difference between those "use-by," "sell-by," and "best-by" labels. [MORE].
Related: Confusion over Date Labeling Contributes to Food Waste [Infographic]