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Cold Storage Chart

Since product dates aren’t a guide for safe use of a product, consult this chart and follow these tips.

These short but safe time limits will help keep refrigerated food 40° F (4° C) from spoiling or becoming dangerous.

  • Purchase the product before “sell-by” or expiration dates.
  • Follow handling recommendations on product.
  • Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.
  • If freezing meat and poultry in its original package longer than 2 months, overwrap these packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper, or place the package inside a plastic bag.

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