Eat & Drink

Eat & Drink

If you’ve ever agonized over expiration dates on groceries, get ready for a big relief

On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest trade groups for the grocery industry, announced that they've adopted standardized, voluntary regulations to clear up what product date labels mean. Where manufacturers now use any of 10 separate label phrases, ranging from "expires on" to "better if used by," they'll now be encouraged to use only two: "Use By" and "Best if Used By."

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The Kansas City Star's Chocolate Challenge

Staffers at The Star take part in a Chocolate Challenge in the newsroom to see how well they know Kansas City-made chocolates.
Shelly Yang and Monty Davis The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Star's Chocolate Challenge 16:59

The Kansas City Star's Chocolate Challenge

Take a peek as KC chocolate maker prepares for Valentine's Day 2:21

Take a peek as KC chocolate maker prepares for Valentine's Day

'Clean meat' meatball taste test 0:41

'Clean meat' meatball taste test

Whip up great guacamole in time for the Super Bowl 0:53

Whip up great guacamole in time for the Super Bowl