Safeway-owned Dominick's maintains that "expiration dates on food products are largely based on quality, not food safety." Likewise, the US government doesn't require dates on most packaged food items, and the state of Illinois has no legal recourse against expired foods in supermarkets.
Both Katie and I are very lax about sell-by dates and see them as a loose guideline rather than a hard-and-fast consumption deadline — although I understand consumers' desire to want the freshest food possible. Where do you stand?
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