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This man ate ‘expired’ food for a year and found expiration dates are meaningless

By Washington Post

"Sell by," "use by," "best by" — Do we really need to throw food away after its sell by date? Expiration dates can be really confusing, and that confusion leads to a lot of food wasteRead full story

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  • Can they have a ‘spoiled by’ date as well?

    The very slight nuance between ‘best if used by’ and ‘use by’ are largely the same to consumers. Also considering that these labels often barely legible it could be good to have a dedicated section of the packaging for this as well.

    I love him for doing this though, I am always battling it out with my partner that you can still eat certain foods past their expired date.

  • 'Best by' date on himalayan rock salt? That's actually hilarious when you think about it. I must admit I didn't realize some of the 'best by' date may not make much sense to the consumer. However, the manufacturer does put it with some expectations in mind. If the consumer uses their products after the 'best by' date, the product might not be in the form or retain the functionality which the manufacturer wanted to serve to the customer but it may not necessarily mean it is not safe.

    I guess a 'best

    'Best by' date on himalayan rock salt? That's actually hilarious when you think about it. I must admit I didn't realize some of the 'best by' date may not make much sense to the consumer. However, the manufacturer does put it with some expectations in mind. If the consumer uses their products after the 'best by' date, the product might not be in the form or retain the functionality which the manufacturer wanted to serve to the customer but it may not necessarily mean it is not safe.

    I guess a 'best by' date along with a 'safe till' date together would be a good idea.💡 🤔 Also, making the consumer understand what these dates mean is the key. Then It's for the consumer to decide.

  • My 82yr of mom has an obsession with the "use by" date and is constantly throwing away food because of these dates, does it daily, despite being frugal. Over the course of her lifetime (and she is still doing it) she has thrown away so much food that I hope she never sees this article otherwise she will feel horrible. The other issue is that none of the throw away is separated for recycling so it is a triple penalty.

  • Interesting that there is no federal law that requires dates on food.

    Most of the “expiration dates” are meaningless. Leads to massive food waste.

  • It’s good that this topic keeps coming up. It’s not just the throwing out, it’s the entire lifecycle of something uneaten — such waste. My rules have always been to just look at the food itself and decide if it’s a wet food that has mold or a dry food that tastes rancid. (Cut mold off cheese, throw away just the bad slices in a bread loaf.)

  • Food expiration safety is an area that is much more complicated than a date can convey. And a lot of it comes down to personal preference for freshness and potential risk depending on the ingredients. Dial too much to one side and you have wasted food. Dial too far to the other and you have health risks. I’m not sure we’re going to find an easy answer to this one. But knowing that the answer isn’t simple is a good start.

  • What a shame we waste perfectly good food simply because it is stamped with a “date”....

    Have to believe this guideline was strongly suggested by food producer lawyers to avoid

    potential law suits...typical move by lawyers in their attempt to keep companies and/or

    people paranoid toward getting sued....use the smell/visual test on foods in questions...

  • Like I said!

  • Yes! An “unsafe to consume, after” date would be useful!

  • Common sense dates rather than ‘hard’ dates would be better, but I guess this would require more effort from food manufacturers that they’re not willing to put in.

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