Yogurt should be eaten up to a week past its expiration date. Because of its shelf life, knowing its eat-by date is important, though many people are unsure where the expiration date of yogurt is indicated.
The expiration date of yogurt is always indicated around the packaging or top cover of the product. Depending on the brand, it may be on the side, top, or bottom of the yogurt pack.
Since different yogurt brands indicate the expiration date in different areas, read on below to learn more about them.
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Where Is The Expiration Date On My Yogurt?
There are lots of many delicious and healthy yogurt brands in the market. However, it’s key to know where the expiration date is listed for each of them so that you can easily identify it and consume it on time.
Here’s a guide to the most popular yogurt brands in the market, and where their expiration date is listed:
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Chobani Greek yogurt indicates it’s eat-by date on the top cover of the yogurt cup.
Light and Fit Yogurt
Light and Fit yogurt expiration dates can be found along the purple stripe on the top of the cup.
The expiration date of Stonyfield yogurt is found in the back of the cup, on top of the Nutrition Facts label.
The expiration date of Activia yogurt is found either on the top of the pull-up cap, or outside the bottle.
The expiration date of Chobani yogurts can be found along the container base or on the flip-top seal cover.
The expiration date is stamped either on the lid of the side of Oikos yogurt cups.
You can find the expiration date of Yoplait yogurt on the base of the cups.
The expiration date of Fage yogurt is stamped on the top of the lid.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does yogurt really expire?
Yogurt does expire, though it can still last for up to 2 weeks past its expiration date. However, yogurt will only still be edible for up to 2 weeks after the use-by date if it’s been stored in proper conditions; opened or unopened yogurt that has been sitting in room temperature for past 2 hours should already be thrown out.
Yogurt should be refrigerated immediately as soon as you get home from purchasing it, in order to maximize its freshness and shelf life. It should also be stored in the colder shelves as opposed to the side door, to protect it from temperature fluctuations that occur when opening and closing the door. If you have already opened the package, be sure to finish the yogurt container within 3 days and ensure that it’s sealed tightly if you are unable to finish it in one sitting.
You can tell when yogurt has already spoiled by using your senses:
- Check for the formation of excess liquid on the top
- Look for signs of mold or discoloration
- Smell it; if it smells sour, then it’s already time to toss it out
What happens if you eat expired yogurt?
Eating yogurt that has gone bad can cause some uncomfortable side effects especially for your gastrointestinal system.
Food poisoning is the most common effect of consuming spoiled yogurt. It can be evident through diarrhea or vomiting, since your body is trying to get rid of harmful toxins that have formed as a result of spoilage.
Vomiting is another common impact after eating expired yogurt. This may occur immediately or a few days after you’ve consumed it, since it would depend on how much you’ve eaten, your immune system, and other factors such as your health, weight, and age as well as the kind of bacteria you consumed.
Excessive vomiting can cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and weakness though they tend to go away in a few days. However, get in touch with your doctor if these symptoms manifest for beyond two days, and you don’t feel better despite eating and rehydrating.
Last but not least, always check the expiration date of your yogurt. It may seem wasteful not to finish your yogurt before it’s gone bad, but check the yogurt first for signs of spoilage before attempting to finish it. These include the presence of liquid on the top, mold, discoloration, and a sour smell.