Everything edible that you buy in your local supermarket should have a Sell-by date printed or stamped on each product.
That will tell the customer that it is best to consume that food before that date expires.
If you went to a supermarket and saw that the sell-by date had expired, then you would probably leave it, as you'd be worried about the quality of the food you are buying.
The same can be said about medicines too + many other supermarket products which are not consumed orally.
I was looking at This article
and it makes me wonder a bit?
Apparently it is the Use-by date which matters, not the Sell-by date??
Well - I doubt many shoppers would agree with that, I think they'd be concerned at either?
Read this too
That ended up in the Daily Mirror huh??
What do you think of all of this?
Do sell-by dates worry you and do you check when purchasing food and stuff in shops?
Do you go through your stuff in the fridge and cupboards in the kitchen and chuck stuff away that has gone out of date.
and what do you call out of date??
Just passed the sell-by date perhaps??
Depending on what it is, I've eaten stuff that's past sell by date by a year
I go by use by once it's at home.
My parents used to live abroad, so we used to bulk buy. We know what lasts, and what doesn't
Mary, you lived in Iraq, you must have brought tons of food from UK. Didn't you have problem using it up in time?
i always wondered why yoghurt had a sell by date,
water is a good one, millions of years passing through the hills of derbyshire and then being grabbed at buxton and put in a bottle with a sell by date
If the sell by date is May 15, 2008 does it go bad on the 16th? As someone who has been in the retail grocery business, someone who wanted to make my life interesting called the health department because they found something on the shelf that was past the sell by date. The Health Dept. told them that was only a recommended sell by date, not a definite sell by date.
That's what they tell me too scholar.
And we ignore sell by and use by dates, we've bought chicked before sell by and opened it immediately only to find it was off and we've eaten stuff long beyond use by with no ill effects. Thomas Hardy Ales actually have a use by date stamped on the bottle (I think beer is 9 months) and a label on the bottle that says "This beer will continue to improve for 25 years." and it does, I put some down each year and we are currently drinking the 1984 vintage.
The sell by dates are generally advisory, as are best before dates, if, however a use by date is exceeded, the product may indeed be spoilt. Typically, foods that used to last for years before all this was introduced will still continue to last for years (honey and sugar f'rinstance) Stuff that used to go off will generally not last beyond the use by date. When we lived in Darwin it was almost as though there were a timer in the cartons of milk that we'd buy as, invariably, on the useby date, they'd be rancid. Since moving to a cooler climate, milk has lasted several days past the use by date.
Quaver may indeed be lucky, even as we are lucky to know her. However, I
think it more likely that science prevails over luck in this case. Different kinds of food go bad or not according to their contents, their dryness,
the temperatures to which they are subjected, and their exposure to bacteria and/or spores.
Stores that specialize in outdated food have become quite popular in U.S. cities. As Quaver has said, dry foods are quite popular (packaged cereals, for example), as are bottled beverages and canned goods.
I have found old bags of snack foods sometimes taste like the packaging. They smell like plastic. I think the waxed-paper inner wrap of decades ago did a better job in this respect.
I eat a lot of out-dated food.
I'm drinking 200ml carton of Waitrose apple juice (from concentrate) with best before date June 2007 now. Tastes fine
I have another similar one, but orange & pineapple. It's harder to tell if it's OK or not, so I may give it to the garden
I don't buy outdated food, it just became that way on its own
If anyone has got any out of date beer, I'd be more than happy to test it out.
Everything I ate in Iraq - which wasn't much actually - was fresh. Freshly slaughtered and plucked chicken, for example. I was only there for 6 months so never "missed" anything - just like I didn't feel the need for UK food while in the US.
Every little helps!
I don't think they do it on purpose, it's just that some customers take the freshest ones from the back, and it get's confused.
I doubt that any reputable shop would sell out of date goods, but they are still responsible for such things.
Stock rotation and proper checks are simple enough to do, if they employ sufficient numbers of staff to do these things.
Perhaps, that's where the problem lies, they are attempting to save on costs, by employing fewer staff?
When I was running the store, we suddenly started having trouble with the milk going bad before the sell by date. We discovered the delivery truck's refrigeration unit was not functioning as it should and not keeping the milk as cold as it should have.
The only thing that an Ozzie needs to take abroad is his Vegemite!
I regard sell by/use by dates as a 'safety net', and add a little common sense. Foods in tins are obviously going to last longer than the date on the lid, as are frozen/dried foods. The contents may not go 'off' but the actual taste does deteriorate, so although I would risk a few months past the use by dates on tins and frozen foods, I would not keep them indefinitely. Pasta/Rice/Dried Pulses are mainly used within a year, and don't appear to suffer. From choice I would always buy fresh and cook from scratch, usually in sufficient quantities to eat one and freeze two, I do like to keep a good store. It is good to know that when friends appear from nowhere - as they are apt to do - that there is always something tasty to offer them.
Marmite is a competing product to Vegemite, but hasn't quite got it right. If you've ever had the best, you'll never want Marmite again!
why does stilton have a sell by date ? its already mouldy
And you can only keep it in the fridge for so long before you get fed up with the smell anyway.
Camembert is best when it's more mature, which means it is definately past is useby date. Come to think of it, if any of you have any old bottles of Penfolds Grange hanging around, I'll take them off your hands, they'll certainly be past their use by date!
I got a bottle of whiskey here that says it's 12 years old. That's going straight in the bin.
I know it's time to throw food from the refrigerator out when I open the refrigerator door, and the food grabs the door and shuts it.
That's pretty mature food, that, scholar.
Or maybe its just going through a phase.
Good one, Janet!
It's been too close to the truth around here, more than once. Now that I'm on my own, I have no one else to blame!
Since I had a new fridge a year or two ago, it is pristine
Pity same cannot be said about the freezer
I just ran across this article that explains the legal aspects of sell by dates as far as the New York State law and the FDA are concerned.
What have I done now?