How long after opening is it safe to eat cream cheese?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

PEGGY: How long after opening is it safe to consume (reduced-fat) cream cheese? —J.F., Erie, Pennsylvania

According to Philadelphia Cream Cheese, under normal refrigerator conditions of 40° at all times, an unopened package of cream cheese is good 1 month past the "Best When Purchased By" date on the carton. Once opened, cream cheese should be used within 10 days.