What is the difference between a sell-by date, expiration date and best by date?

At Vegancuts we always aim to give our customers the longest amount of time to consume their goodies. However, since we also like to showcase products that are preservative-free, we sometimes include things that should be consumed within a few weeks of receiving your yummy box!  

We know it can be confusing to read dates on products. We're here to help!

Sell-By: This label is for (typically) brick & mortar retailers, and it informs them of the date by which the product should be sold or removed from the shelf. This does not mean that the product is unsafe to consume after the date. Typically one-third of a product's shelf-life remains after the sell-by date for the consumer to use at home.

Best By or Best if Used By: This refers to the date recommended that you use the product by for best physical and/or sensory quality. It is not an expiration date, but rather the date by which the brand recommends consumption.

Expiration Date: A previously determined date after which something should no longer be used, either by operation of law or by exceeding the anticipated shelf life for perishable goods.

Manufacture Date (mfg):  The date printed on the label is when the product was produced in compliance with Good Manufacturing (GMP) regulations. This is not to be confused with any of the dates above.

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