WONDER #2508: How Are Expiration Dates for Food Determined?

Question 1 of 3

What was the main idea of this Wonder?

  1. Milk is usually still usable five to seven days after its expiration date.
  2. “Use by,” “Freeze by,” and “Sell by” all mean different things.
  3. People should pay close attention to expiration dates when they go grocery shopping.
  4. Expiration dates are set by manufacturers and retailers, and most food products are still usable after their expiration dates.

Question 2 of 3

Which is the BEST evidence that food waste is a big problem in America?

  1. “Experts estimate that Americans throw out 30-40 percent of the food they buy.”
  2. “Most expiration dates do not indicate the date on which food will spoil.”
  3. “Many people misunderstand expiration dates.”
  4. “When buying food from the grocery store, expiration dates can be very helpful.”

Question 3 of 3

Which of these is NOT a sign that food has gone bad, according to this Wonder?

  1. It smells bad
  2. It’s growing mold
  3. It tastes bad
  4. It’s frozen

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