Study: Americans are too literal about expiration dates

07/19/2010 | Progressive Grocer

In a survey, 76% of Americans said they consider food unsafe to eat once the expiration date has passed, even if it has not spoiled. "The dates on food packages are very conservative; if the product was stored properly, it should last well beyond the date on the package," said a board member of, which conducted the research with Harris Interactive.

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