[FACT OR FAKE #20] Does Food Really Go Bad On Expiry Date?
Do you throw food out according to the "Best Before" date?
Did you know? Most products are safe to eat long after their expiration date
"People think the use-by date means either the product is going to die or you're going to die if you eat it. And it's just not true. You can't tie shelf life to a date," says food safety scientist Dr. Theodore Labuza.themalaysianinsider.com
In fact, even meat or milk that's clearly starting to spoil is not necessarily dangerous. "Very often, you won't eat it because of the smell, and you probably won't like the taste, but in a lot of cases, it's unlikely to cause you illness."npr.org
So what's the expiration date for? Answer: Those dates are there to protect the reputation of companies, they have very little to do with food safety
Fact: The expiration date on foods like orange juice and even milk aren't indicators of when those products will go bad
According to president of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago, "It's not the food that sat on the shelf too long that makes you sick. It's the food that got contaminated with salmonella or disease-causing strains of E. coli."npr.org
"Companies want people to taste their products as best they can at the optimum."
The companies that sell this food take a look at those grades and decide where they will draw the line, to protect the reputation of their products.lifehacker.com
Huge amounts of food go to waste in landfill and taxes, harming the environment
As a result, huge amounts of food, not to mention considerable natural resources and labour, go to waste in landfill and taxes, and harm the environment.themalaysianinsider.com
It has been recommended that "sell-by" dates be invisible to consumers so they cannot be misinterpreted as safety labels; that a clear, uniform date label system be established; and that "smart labels" that rely on technology to provide food safety information be used more frequently.seattletimes.com
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