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sell-by date

1. The date by which a perishable item must be sold by a store. Did you check the sell-by date on that carton of milk?
2. slang By extension, the figurative date by which one's usefulness or skill ends, usually due to aging. Primarily heard in UK. I'm sure they think I'm past my sell-by date after I mixed up all those important files. We need to find a new lead dancer, as Bella is past her sell-by date now and only getting older.
See also: date
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425B printed adjacent to the sell-by date on the retail carton and inside the USDA mark of inspection on the shipping case.
Officials there discovered 25kg of seafood and margarine past the sell-by date, and another 24kg of meat, sauces, cheese and sugar that had no visible sell-by date.
Dalton Phillips, of Morrisons, said: "The yoghurts I eat are often way past the sell-by date.
EGGS How long they really last: Three weeks past the sell-by date in the fridge; one year in the freezer (out of shell).
When police questioned the two, they discovered that their cold storage truck contained about three tons of meat, and officials from the Consumer Protection Office later found that the sell-by date on the meat had expired.
They also found examples where the sell-by date was obscured by the price label.
She claimed the sell-by date system to ensure the freshness and quality of food could easily be changed by staff, who would wipe out existing dates and write in later dates.
But they quickly established that the sell-by date was not all that it seemed.
Most DJ-mix CDs are just Saturday night souvenirs, all the latest spun-sugar club hits slapped together and rushed into stores before the sell-by date passes.
The sell-by date can be several weeks in the future.
Scientists also found that the eggs did not show a marked decrease in quality five weeks after the sell-by date.
So what are we to make of the sell-by date? "Egg quality isn't affected for quite a long time, which allows for storage beyond the sell-by date," says Jones.
magazine said processing plants may relabel the sell-by date several times before meat reaches shelves and it is all legal.
When questioned, Mrs Nakra said the print of the sell-by date on Lunchables was smaller than on other products and hard to read.