Food Safety: Keep it or toss it? | Tri-County Sunday

If you’ve ever experienced food poisoning, you know just how miserable it can be. Every year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

“Everyone can come down with a case of food poisoning, but there are some groups of people who are more likely to get sick,” said Amy Moosmann, Service Line Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Penn Highlands Healthcare. “This includes people over the age of 65, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with health problems.”

Best by, sell by, use by, freeze by—it can be hard to make heads or tails out of the dizzying world of food safety labels and product dates. Since September is National Food Safety Month, we’re taking a close look at what you need to know to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

Are product dates mandatory?

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