Best By Date

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  • #80255 Report Abuse

    Would anyone feed a commercial food that has passed the best by date or expiration date?

    #80263 Report Abuse

    I would not. This is a controversial subject.
    Also, “best if used by” “use by” “expiration date” are different things and have different meanings.
    You could call the 1-800 number on the item and ask what they recommend.
    Per the search engine here: /forums/search/expiration+date/

    #82321 Report Abuse

    Dog food manufacturers like to keep it a mystery as to the actual date of manufacture and date of expiration/best by date.
    As a purchaser of dog food for over 40 years, I have found it almost impossible to learn from ANY manufacturer these two dates. You can get a expiration/best by date, but how many years out do they go? WHO KNOW?
    I have seen expiration/best by dates that are as much as 2 years out! Does anyone believe that a dog food on the store shelves can sit for two years and still be “good”???? If it is, what is in it that is keeping the fat(they call it lipids) from going rancid(spoiling)????
    My opinion I would assume that ANY dog food that is at the end of it’s expiration date is probably at least 2 or 3 years old.
    That’s my opinion.

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