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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week offered guidance that is designed to clarify the expiration dates on eggs, meat and dairy products.

According to reports, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is recommending that manufacturers and retailers use a universal “Best if Used By” date label on their products. If widely adopted, such a move would eliminate the confusion that has been created by some 50 different versions of expiration dates used in the marketplace.
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