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  • Musical Chairs

    Senior Member
    Japan & US, Japanese & English
    If it's after the date, the product has "expired." If the product can be kept without being consumed for a long time, it has a long "shelf life" (like canned food, instant noodles, etc).
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I have heard the phrase "use by date". In fact I have also heard it in reference to a divorcee.

    "She's not bad looking, but she's well past her 'use by date'". (not the most complimentary thing to say.)
     

    Musical Chairs

    Senior Member
    Japan & US, Japanese & English
    Ohhh I see. Usually it just says the date like "MAR 27 2007" or something like that.

    Edit: It depends on what it is...if it's something made at the store (like bread), it will just have the date. If it's a bottle of dressing, it may have "best before [date]."
     
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