How to Tell When Orange Juice Has Expired

According to NetWellness, the dates on orange juice are not safety dates. The dates indicate how long the stores need to display the orange juice so that the consumer knows when to use the product while it remains at its best quality. Orange juice can remain safe to consume if it does not show any signs of spoilage. When the use-by date on the package expires, regularly check the orange juice before you consume it to prevent a serious illness.

Examine the orange juice packaging. If the packaging begins to swell in size, it may have started to ferment. Swollen orange juice containers can potentially burst and need to be discarded immediately.

Smell the orange juice carefully. Orange juice that has a foul odour may have already fermented or spoiled. An odd or foul odour indicates that the orange juice needs discarded to prevent the risk of a food-borne illness.

Pour the orange juice into a cup or glass. Examine the orange juice for odd discolourations. If you notice green, white or darkened areas in the orange juice, this may indicate mould. Mold spores enter the package when you open the orange juice and they can form due to improper refrigeration or use after the use-by date. Discard the orange juice immediately.


Store the orange juice in the refrigerator at a temperature of 4.44 degrees C or below for best results.


Always discard orange juice if it has an odd taste. Sometimes you cannot see or smell the spoilage. The odd-tasting orange juice can indicate possible contamination. Never leave orange juice out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours because harmful bacteria may begin to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Cup or glass
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