Woman Realises She’s Been Reading Milk Bottle ‘Use By’ Labels Wrong All Her Life

A woman has shared that she's been misreading milk 'use by' labels her whole life - and its turns out the internet has, too!
Credit: @chrissy.j.xx/TikTok

A woman has revealed she’s been reading milk bottle ‘use by’ labels wrong her entire life.

When it comes to expired food, milk is one product you don’t want to take a chance on.

Anyone who’s ever taken a chance on some borderline-expired milk and lived to regret it will tell you it’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to dairy.

But what if we told you you’d been misreading your milk’s ‘use by’ labels all this time?

Well, one woman on TikTok has explained that she’d never really understood what the labels mean.

And it turns out, she’s not the only one…

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TikToker Chrissy J shared a stitched TikTok explaining her misreading of the milk’s expiration date.

But rather than laughing at her silliness, it turns out that most people actually agreed with her.

“WAIT IT ISN’T!?” one writes.

“I thought I was the only one??” another adds

“Hold on a second it does mean that,” a third comments.

A fourth adds: “Wait, is it not?”

Milk cartons
It turns out that many people have been reading expiration dates wrong on milk cartons. Credit: Alamy

The video in question shows Chrissy zooming in on her milk label, which reads: “25th January and 13.44.”

Sounds like a date plus a time, right?

Well, that’s what Chrissy always thought, too.

“I used to think milk went out of date at a specific time of day,” the text over the video reads. “Goodbye at 1.44 pm.”

She adds in the caption: “Not me, still thinking that.”

But it turns out, Chrissy (and the internet at large) is sorely mistaken…

People were quick to point out what the ‘time’ on the milk bottle’s use by label actually indicates.

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“Batch code and time, not used by time,” one writes.

“That’s batch number above the time and time of batch packing,” another adds.

A third comments: “That’s the time it went through the print process.”

On top of this brand-new information, it transpires that a lot of people have some pretty strong opinions on when milk is and isn’t expired.

One jokes: “Milk particle commander: ‘Right milkians it’s 13:43, this is the moment you have been waiting for your whole life, 3… 2… 1… – SOUR!!!!!!'”

A second writes: “My milk went out of date two days ago and it’s still fine. I was always scared to use it after the best-by date!”

“I just give it a sniff like the girlfriend, if it smells bad it’s off and goes out,” laughs a third.

Another advises: “Never listen to dates. Use your sight and smell. Why there’s so much food waste these days.”

And that’s not all…

One conspiracy theorist poses: “The time is to show how long you have to work out to burn all the calories/fats in certain foods and drinks!”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.