The difference between shelf life and shelf life.

Many types of products have expiration dates and storage times. The layman does not always understand the difference between them. But it does exist, and it is sometimes necessary to have information on this even for your own safety. What is the difference between shelf life and shelf life? This is discussed below.


Shelf life is a fixed time period within which it is permissible to use a product according to its intended purpose without risk of negative consequences.

Shelf life is a more or less long period during which the product does not significantly lose its original qualities.


Both concepts are directly related to the consumer properties of products. And the difference between the shelf life and the shelf life is which indicators are taken into account in each case.

Particular attention should be paid to the expiration date when shopping. After all, he designates until what point you can safely use the product, or names the appropriate period. Most accurately, up to the indication of the hours, the shelf life of perishable products is prescribed.

There is a specific list of goods that should never be dispensed unmarked with an expiration date. These are food, many medicines, household chemicals and so on. Upon the expiration of the declared period, unsold products of the mentioned varieties become overdue and withdrawn from sale. At the same time, products are produced for which there are no restrictions in this regard.

With regard to shelf life, the emphasis here is on the original characteristics of the product. The manufacturer informs until what time they will not change under certain conditions of the content of the product. The expiration of the established period in this case does not mean complete unfitness for use. The consistency may change, the taste and aroma may become somewhat different, but there is no threat to health.

So, after the end of this period, cookies sometimes become too hard, but they can still be eaten by soaking in tea. This is not about the risk of poisoning. Another example is using a cleaning product. The entire shelf life of such a drug is able to perfectly cope with its tasks. At the end of the indicated period of time, the squad will still operate, but, most likely, not so effectively. And if the expiration date has also expired, the product will probably only begin to stain the treated surfaces, and not perform its function.

What is the difference between the shelf life and the shelf life yet? The fact is that if both of them are set for the same product, then the first - the expiration date - often turns out to be longer than the second.