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“Best by,” “Sell by,” and all those other labels mean very little     Expiration dates are intended to inspire confidence, but they only  invest us with a false sense of security. The reality is that the onus lies with consumers to judge and maintain the freshness and edibility of their food—by checking for offensive slime, rank smells, and off colors. Perhaps, then, we should do away with dates altogether and have packages equipped with more instructive guidance on properly storing foods, and on detecting spoilage. Better yet, we should focus our efforts on what really matters to our health—not spoilage bacteria,which are fairly docile, but their malevolent counterparts:disease-causing pathogens like salmonella and Listeria, which infect the food we eat […]