I have Lipton green tea that has a production date: October 2018. The box has 4 plastic bags, each contain 20 tea bags inside. Haven't open any of it...Is it safe to consume? If yes, when is the best time to consume a green tea? Thanks in advance...

  • Does the packaging have an expiry (or best before) date printed on it? If yes, what does it say?
    – AJN
    Aug 15, 2021 at 16:24
  • No expiration date printed but production date which is October 24, 2018
    – Fara Mateo
    Aug 16, 2021 at 1:35
  • Does it atleast say "use within x years of manufacture"?!!! Surprising. Even if the actual tea leaves are safe, the packaging material may have a safe to use by time.
    – AJN
    Aug 16, 2021 at 1:46
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    It doesn't say.
    – Fara Mateo
    Aug 17, 2021 at 2:04

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Yes it is safe,

At worse it'll not have the freshest taste possible, but it will be OK.

  • Seeing as you are pouring boiling hot water on it that should be enough to kill most micro organisms.
    – Neil Meyer
    Aug 15, 2021 at 8:54
  • In my experience, most teas and infusions lose flavour very slowly, and are still fine to drink if unopened even after many years.  (And in this case, with a package made <3 years ago, I expect it's still well within any ‘use by’ date anyway.)
    – gidds
    Aug 19, 2021 at 17:41

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