The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

What is the shelf life of milk?

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A product’s shelf life refers to how long a product can be stored without spoiling. The shelf life of milk depends on the type of milk.

  • Fresh pasteurised milk can keep for up to four days at temperatures below 5 °C.
  • Unopened UHT milk can be stored unrefrigerated for up to six months.
  • The shelf life date on the packaging will indicate until when the milk will be good for consumption in its unopened form.
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