How often do you pay attention to the stamped date on a food product or vitamin bottle? Depending on what kind of product it is, you may see the words “manufacture date”, “expiration date”, “best by date”, or another term. They all indicate the difference between a quality product and one that you should be consuming at your own risk.
Let’s imagine you had a bottle of unopened GoYin in your pantry with a stamped “manufacture date” of September 2016. Since it was made over a year ago, is it now unsafe to consume? Let’s find out.
First a little history
Federal regulations do not require dietary supplement manufacturers to include an expiration date on their products. Due to rules within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations, our dietary supplement products (products labeled with Supplement Facts as opposed to Nutrition Facts) have “manufacture date”, “best by date”, or “expiration date”.
The “manufacture date” (mfg) printed on the label is the date the product was produced in compliance with Good Manufacturing (GMP) regulations.
Most of our products should be consumed within two years of their “manufacture date”. Some products (i.e. Cell Water, Alkaline Water Concentrate) are good for four years past their listed manufacturer date. A “best by date” means a product has optimal flavor and nutrition through the end of the month of a listed date.
If your products have been properly stored with intact seals, then it is safe to consume them even if it is two years after the “manufacture date”. The flavor of the products may change if they are consumed outside of their intended shelf lives.
Once opened, products should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within a 30-40-day window. The 30-45 days is the furthest date we still guarantee them to be safe and effective. If it is opened and has been out of the refrigerator overnight, it is okay to consume. Powered products, once opened, will last longer than this – up to 60-90 days.
Products that should be refrigerated after opening include:
How to correctly store your products:
Storing your supplements in the right place can make a big difference in their quality and potency. In fact, the top threat facing your supplements is moisture. Water can oxidize and damage the ingredients, so keep your supplements in a dry location.
High temperatures are also a problem, as they can interfere with the delicate structure of nutrients and cause them to break down.
- Store your supplements in a cool dry place, away from heat, moisture and direct light.
- Keep supplements in their original containers, that way you’ll know their “manufacture date”.
- Always keep supplements away from children.
- Always read each label for storage and usage directions.
Please see our FAQ regarding expired products at: http://www.livepure.com/faq#expiration_date. Thank you.