Functional Formularies products are designed to have a shelf-life of up to two years from the date they are cased based upon how the product is stored and handled over the time period. Under guidelines of our research laboratories, if Functional Formularies products are stored and handled properly at ambient temperatures of 60º to 70º degrees Fahrenheit the maximum shelf-life of two years is within the maximum time frame for use.
Is it OK for Functional Formularies products to sit outside in the heat for short periods of time?
Yes. Exposure to higher heats (75–100º+) for short periods of time will not negatively affect the nutritional values. The only time the nutritional values will begin to be affected is if the products are stored at high heat for extended periods of time (6–12+ months). If exposed to high heat for an extended period, the nutrient value may be decreased over time.
My Functional Formularies products were delivered and sat outside in freezing temperatures and is frozen. Is it OK to use?
Yes. Freezing can be a very good way to preserve the nutritional value, texture, and flavor of many foods. As long as the food was grown in a high-quality way (for example, organically grown) the overall nutrient retention in a frozen food will remain high. In other words, the vitamins and minerals will keep well when food is frozen.
If you do find that your product has been frozen just store at ambient room temperature and it will thaw naturally. If you need a pouch right away, please thaw the unopened pouch gently. If you find that your product has been frozen, the product may separate a bit. The product is still perfectly good to use, just shake thoroughly or reblend in a blender to re-emulsify.
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