Download: Do you follow the ‘use by’ dates on food and drinks?

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We all know what it’s like to reach into the refrigerator only to find out our favorite food is now expired.

So does that mean it should be thrown out?

It can get confusing with the “use by,” “best if used by,” and “sell by” dates printed on items.

But there’s a new “eat by date” website that is becoming popular. tells you how long you have to consume a variety of foods.

For example, the site says eggs last three to four weeks after the “sell by” date. Milk lasts for five to seven days after the printed date.

Packaged bread lasts for five to seven days past the printed date, and uncooked ground beef lasts for one to two days in the refrigerator. Cooked beef lasts for seven days in the fridge, according to the site.