The most important thing you need to know about food products is that they are actually labeled with expiration dates to give consumers information about the food’s freshness. In other words, most foods do not become unhealthy to eat when they’ve reached their sell-by dates, but they will start to lose quality in taste.
So, if it smells bad or looks rotten, DO NOT eat it. Use your common sense and never eat something you are unsure of. Fortunately, there are many foods that are safe to consume after their sell-by dates. Remember… Don’t waste food!