sell-by date


Definition of sell-by date 

: a date printed on food packages showing the last day on which the food can be sold sometimes used figuratively a theory that has passed its sell-by date [=an outdated theory]

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Be sure to check the packaging date, not the sell-by date. Sarah Fritsche,, "Outerlands’ Salad With Burrata, Strawberries & Fennel," 29 June 2018 Fiat Chrysler and Ford management are notorious for keeping vehicles in production after the sell-by date for their underlying structure. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee flunked their crash tests," 12 June 2018 The broccoli has a sell-by date of March 15, 2020 and a UPC code of 68826700926. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Frozen Broccoli Sold at Shop & Stop, Giant, and More Recalled Due to Listeria Risk," 24 May 2018 Community's enthusiastic fanbase kept it afloat for years beyond its sell-by date, firing its showrunner then rehiring him after an especially rancid fourth season. Tom Philip, GQ, "Just Let Great TV Shows Die With Dignity," 17 May 2018 The products carry a sell-by date of April 9, 2018 and a USDA mark with the number EST. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Kroger ground beef among 35,000 pounds recalled for potential plastic bits," 3 May 2018 The lot code and sell-by date can be found on a sticker on the side of the package. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Its Chocolate Chip Cookies in 12 States," 20 Mar. 2018 For consumers who still have a bag squirreled away in cabinets or freezers, Bob's Red Mill has recalled 22-ounce bags of Amaranth Flour with an expired sell-by date of Nov. 26, 2015. Debbi Snook,, "Bob's Red Mill recalls expired Amaranth flour for possible contamination (photo, product codes)," 9 Apr. 2018 But as with many of our deals, the sell-by date is two days, max. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Hong Kong from $550 Round-Trip," 6 Feb. 2018

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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