Why the long Use By date on chicken?
October 27, 2008 10:25 AM Subscribe
I've read that raw chicken should be kept in the refrigerator for only 2 or 3 days before using. So why is the "Use By" date on the chicken sold at my local supermarket 6 days from now?
posted by gfrobe to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know there have been lots of "should I eat this" questions before but can't seem to nail down an answer on this. A quick google search says that chicken shouldn't be kept in the fridge for more than 2 or 3 days tops before using. The USDA site says to use within 1 or 2 days. So why is the "use by" date on most of the chicken I just saw in the supermarket 6 days from now? I always assumed "use by" dates were conservative and that you could normally go past them by a few days. That would mean if I put that raw chicken in my fridge today I could still safely cook it 8 days from now?