When spoilage bacteria have nutrients (food), moisture, time, and favorable temperatures, these conditions will allow the bacteria to grow rapidly and affect the quality of the food.Food spoilage can occur much faster if food is not stored or handled properly.It is also based on the conditions of handling, storage, preparation, and use printed on the label.Do not buy or use baby formula after its "Use-By" date. Can codes are a type of closed dating which enable the tracking of product in interstate commerce.Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations.For meat, poultry, and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), dates may be voluntarily applied provided they are labeled in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and in compliance with FSIS regulations.Foods not exhibiting signs of spoilage should be wholesome and may be sold, purchased, donated and consumed beyond the labeled "Best if Used By" date.
Microorganisms such as molds, yeasts, and bacteria can multiply and cause food to spoil.
Federal regulations require a "Use-By" date on the product label of infant formula under inspection of the U. Formula must maintain an acceptable quality to pass through an ordinary bottle nipple.
The "Use-By" date is selected by the manufacturer, packer or distributor of the product on the basis of product analysis throughout its shelf life, tests, or other information.
Except for infant formula, dates are not an indicator of the product’s safety and are not required by Federal law.
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