How to Handle Meat and Poultry Safely
Before purchasing meat and poultry products, always check the “sell by” or “use by” expiration date to insure freshness. If you purchase within a few days of expiration, prepare or freeze the product right away. For vacuum-packaged products, be sure the seal is intact and that the package is not leaking or contains excessive air. For long term freezing before the expiration date, place the intact package in the freezer at 0°F for up to nine months.