from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The length of time a product may be stored without becoming unsuitable for use or consumption.
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- n. The length of time a product (especially food and drugs) will last without deteriorating or without being sold.
- n. The maximum time a packaged material can be stored under specific conditions and still meet the performance requirements specified.
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- n. the length of time a packaged food or drug will last without deteriorating
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Hydrogenated fat also lengthens the shelf life of processed baked foods like pastries, cookies, and crackers, which can sit longer in stores before turning rancid.