Can I eat greek yogurt after the expiration date?

In this article we are going to answer: can you eat greek yogurt after the expiration date, what is an expiration date, what is a best-by date, what happens if you eat greek yogurt after the expiration date, and how long does greek yogurt last and how to store greek yogurt. 

Can you eat greek yogurt after the expiration date?

Greek yogurt does not have an expiration date. Greek yogurt has a best-by date that indicates for how long the product is still fresh and conserves its original flavor. You can eat greek yogurt past 1 to 2 weeks after the best-by date if stored correctly in the refrigerator. 

If Greek yogurt has been frozen it can last up to 2 months after the best-by date. 

What is an expiration date?

The expiration date in the product tells the consumer the last day a product is safe to consume. The expiration date is not in all products. It is required on certain products that have a specific nutritional composition that could change after the expiration date. 

The expiration date is required in some products such as

  • Liquid diets
  • Foods sold by a pharmacist
  • Meal replacements
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Infant formula 

If a product has passed the expiration date, it should not be consumed.

What is a best-by date?

Best by date or best before date tells the consumer that food is no longer fresh or in the same shape such as texture and taste as when you bought it. It might lose some freshness, taste, aroma, or nutrients but it doesn’t mean that the product has gone bad and is no longer safe to eat. 

The safety, freshness, and taste of the products depend on how it has been stored. So, if the product has not been handled correctly, it can lose all its qualities long before the best-by date. 

What happens if you eat greek yogurt after the best-by date?

If you eat greek yogurt after the best-by date and it has been more than two weeks there is a high risk of food poisoning. Greek yogurt is made based on milk which makes it a highly perishable food. 

The shelf life of greek yogurt depends on how well it has been handled since it was manufactured and how well it is stored once you buy it. 

Food poisoning or also called foodborne illness is caused when you eat something that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Sometimes you don’t have to ingest the virus or bacteria, it is enough by eating their toxins to have symptoms of food poisoning. 

Symptoms might start within an hour of eating contaminated food. Symptoms include

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

The whole sickness caused by food poisoning can last one day to several days. Food poisoning is life-threatening to immune-suppressed patients, the elderly, pregnant women, and young children. 

How long does greek yogurt last?

Open greek yogurt can last one to two weeks after opening if stored correctly AND open yogurt that has been frozen can last one month.

Unopened greek yogurt can last one to two weeks after the best-by date in the refrigerator and two months after the best-by date in the freezer. 

How to store Greek yogurt?

Greek yogurt has to be stored in the refrigerator at 40 F right after you purchase it. It can be stored for a couple of days in the original container with the lead correctly closed to keep moisture and contaminants away. 

If you are not going to use it for a long period of time, you can freeze it in the original container with the foil seals and the lead correctly closed.

Follow this link for 4 ways to store your yogurt

Conclusion

This article answered can you eat greek yogurt after the expiration date, what is an expiration date, what is a best-by date, what happens if you eat greek yogurt after the expiration date, how long does greek yogurt last, and how to store greek yogurt. 

Citation

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a32299412/can-you-eat-expired-yogurt/

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