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iVillage: Food Expiration Dates 101: How Long to Keep Condiments

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Unopened: 3 to 4 months after the sell-by date on the package.

Opened: 2 to 3 months after the sell-by date on the package.

Sell-by dates represent the manufacturer’s estimate of how long the product will be at peak quality. In most cases, opened food is safe to consume after a sell-by date if it has been stored properly and continuously refrigerated.

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