What is shelf life?

  • (noun): The length of time a packaged food or drug will last without deteriorating.

Shelf Life

Shelf life is the length of time that foods, beverages, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals, and many other perishable items are given before they are considered unsuitable for sale, use, or consumption. In some regions, a best before, use by or freshness date is required on packaged perishable foods.

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