How important is the sell-by date on chicken?
July 11, 2009 10:43 AM Subscribe
Is the chicken sell-by date a safety paradox?
posted by underwater to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I bought $30 of organic chicken parts on Tuesday--4 1/2 days ago--and have stored it in my fridge since then. Everything I've read on the web says you need to cook or freeze raw chicken within 2 days of purchase. But the chicken sell-by date is July 14--3 days from now. How is this possible? I am refrigerating it just as the store would, so why would it by safe to eat if I bought it from the store tomorrow, but not from my fridge? The store fridge isn't THAT much colder than mine (I keep mine cold), and certainly mine is cold enough to retard bacterial growth.
Are the online guidelines just being super-conservative? Maybe the suggestion really means that you should use or freeze the chicken within 2 days after the sell-by date?