Food Expiration Date Laws By State

Article by: Barbara Bowman

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California's Milk Expiration Date Law
From the CDFA

"All milk containers offered for sale by a retail store must have a clearly marked "sell by" date. This date is established by the milk processor and is the date upon which, in order to ensure quality, the milk will be removed from the shelf or dairy case. This date also lets the consumer know how long the purchased milk stored in their refrigerator will be fresh. Milk purchased is guaranteed to be fresh up to and including that date providing the milk has been stored at the proper temperatures. Your milk will be fresher for a longer period of time if you look for the most recently packaged milk. Milk is a perishable product and when stored in cooler temperatures, will remain fresher for a longer period of time. If you suspect that your store does not keep its milk cold enough, ask the store manager at what temperature its dairy case is maintained. Stores are required to keep their dairy case 45° or lower."

How Long Is Milk Good After The Sell By Date
According to the Dairy Council of California - "The shelf life of milk is affected by several factors including how it is handled before and after it is purchased. When stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and not left out of the refrigerator for extended time periods, milk should last approximately 5-7 days past the "sell by" date."
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