Expiration dates are always pretty vague. This description is essentially correct and might be helpful to clarify. (Also note, exp dates are required in on dairy, eggs, baby formula, seafood & "potentially hazardous" or ready to eat foods.
How do you know if you can eat the older food in your refrigerator? We checked with the Federal Department of Agriculture to get the latest food expiration guidelines. Print this handy cheat sheet out and stick it on your fridge to keep your family safe.
Should I Toss It? (Expiration Dates Explained) Did you know sell by dates are more about quality than safety? Without fully understanding that you could be discarding food that is perfectly safe to eat!
Hang These Graphics on Your Fridge to Never Waste Food Again