shelf life

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shelf life

n.
The length of time a product may be stored without becoming unsuitable for use or consumption.

shelf life

n
the length of time a packaged food, chemical, etc, will last without deteriorating

shelf′ life`


n.
the period during which a stored commodity, as food, remains effective, useful, or suitable for consumption.
[1925–30]

shelf life

The length of time during which an item of supply, subject to deterioration or having a limited life which cannot be renewed, is considered serviceable while stored. See also storage life.
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Noun1.shelf life - the length of time a packaged food or drug will last without deteriorating
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
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While four per cent have found something in their fridge that was more than a year past its sell by date.
For this reason, almost ten percent of Brits' weekly shop ends up getting thrown away - be it leftovers, half eaten lunch packs or food that has gone past its sell by date.
The following recalled products with the indicated Sell By Dates are found in the Bakery department only:
The Sell By date and code number are printed on the plastic lock tab that closes the bag.
packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128