By: Julia Bellotti
Frequently you see expiration dates on food and makeup and I guarantee at some point in your life you’ve either eaten something past it’s expiration date, or used mascara after you should’ve, and you were fine. So when do these dates actually matter?
Believe it or not, “The only items required by federal law to be labeled for expiration are infant formula and some baby foods; some states also mandate pulling dairy from store shelves on the expiration date.”
You also may be used to seeing a “sell by” or “best if used by” dates on items in the grocery store. These are strictly for quality, taste and freshness. The food is still edible after that date. The sniff test you do on foods to see if they’re still good? That’s still a great indicator to see if it’s spoiled or not. The US government has compiled this handy chart to determine how long foods last in the fridge before they go bad:
Eggs are a little trickier, so they come with their own chart:
Tips for keeping food fresh:
Is there a particular food you want to know more about? Comment below and we can provide you with more information about how to best store it, or how long before it goes bad.
Makeup is a bit easier to manage than food. The main goal with keeping your makeup fresh is to avoid bacteria from growing in it. Therefore, the date makeup is packaged doesn’t matter. The date in which you physically open it is when you should pay attention.
In general makeup will last…
Tips to make your makeup last longer:
*An important note: Just like organic vs. processed food, natural makeup will NOT last as long as general brands.
Is there a makeup item we didn’t cover? Comment below and we can let you know how long it can last before being replaced!
The #1 Rule for both food and makeup:
If it looks or smells funky, it's better to be safe than sorry, so just toss it.