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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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Different dates on food products mean different things.  Some products may have a “best-if-used-by” date. This date means that the manufacturer recommends using the product by this date for the best flavor or quality. This date is NOT a food safety date. At some point after the “best-if–used-by” date, a product may change very gradually in taste, color, texture, or nutrient content.
 
But, the product may be wholesome and safe long after that date.  You may also see a “sell-by” date on a food product.  This means the manufacturer recommends that a store sell the product by that date; this date does not mean the product must be eaten by that date. The “sell-by” date takes into consideration the product will be stored in your home for a period of time before it is used. Therefore, a “sell-by” date would be reached sooner than a “best-if-used-by” date.
 
These various dating systems do not represent expiration dates, and they do not indicate when it is safe or not safe to eat a product. The exception to this is infant formulas. Infant formula and some baby foods are unique in that they must be used by the “use-by” date that appears on the package.

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