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(AP News)   Want to cut down on food waste? Get rid of 'best before' labels   (apnews.com) divider line
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2022-10-05 9:27:08 AM  
Or go back to expiration dates that reflect a realistic time frame of when the food actually spoils.
 
2022-10-05 9:50:35 AM  
I've seen this with cheese at our local grocery chain.  When they cut a wheel of good cheese, each individual piece is labeled from the deli and they are required to put a ridiculously low expiration date.  I'll get a piece of fresh cut aged cheddar or leicester that has an expiration date of a week to two weeks.  That stuff will last for *months* and that's in a ridiculously mold-prone area.

And like the article suggests, you can tell when something like cheese or milk is going bad (or is not fresh enough).
 
2022-10-05 10:09:09 AM  
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2022-10-05 10:15:00 AM  
The only thing that is legally required to have an "expiration date" in the Us is baby formula.

Everything else is pretty much made up.

Drug companies could put longer dating on their medications if they paid money to do stability studies for longer durations, but they intentionally do not so we throw out the meds and buy new ones.

FDA does this testing so we can extend drug life on national stockpiles of drugs.

Most of it is a total f*cking scam.
 
2022-10-05 1:06:10 PM  
I once had a coworker ask if I thought her yogurt was ok to eat.

It was ONE DAY after the "best by" date. It took some convincing from myself and a couple other people to get her to believe it was fine.

Made me wonder how much food she's tossed over the years.
 
2022-10-05 1:13:11 PM  

Sunidesus: I once had a coworker ask if I thought her yogurt was ok to eat.

It was ONE DAY after the "best by" date. It took some convincing from myself and a couple other people to get her to believe it was fine.

Made me wonder how much food she's tossed over the years.


You should have gone with the you getting her perfectly good yogurt route.
 
2022-10-05 1:14:34 PM  
The Ultimate Shelf life Guide

Most foods are okay years, if not decades, past their Best By date.
 
2022-10-05 1:37:39 PM  

natazha: The Ultimate Shelf life Guide

Most foods are okay years, if not decades, past their Best By date.


Is it canned?
If yes is the can rusty on the inside?
If no then it's fine.
 
2022-10-05 1:51:54 PM  
I have two teenagers.  They both play hockey.  What is this "food waste" you speak of?
 
2022-10-05 2:36:06 PM  
Yeah, I mostly ignore best by/expiration dates. Everything just gets close visual inspection + the smell test.

Have tossed milk that soured 3 days before the expiration date, and consumed yogurt or used heavy cream that was a week or two past the date.

...or opened up, sniffed, then used and kept hot sauce that got buried (still factory sealed) in the pantry til over a year past the expiration date.
 
2022-10-05 2:37:59 PM  
And nah, it wasn't the salt and vinegar kind of hot sauce-I wouldn't have even looked at the date first. Was Secret Aardvark.
 
2022-10-05 4:21:28 PM  

robodog: natazha: The Ultimate Shelf life Guide

Most foods are okay years, if not decades, past their Best By date.

Is it canned?
If yes is the can rusty on the inside?
If no then it's fine.


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2022-10-05 6:26:13 PM  
Shiatcan After labels

win/win
 
2022-10-05 6:32:00 PM  
"If bad by this date, you have more to worry about than just spoiled yogurt."
 
2022-10-05 9:57:25 PM  

Sunidesus: I once had a coworker ask if I thought her yogurt was ok to eat.

It was ONE DAY after the "best by" date. It took some convincing from myself and a couple other people to get her to believe it was fine.

Made me wonder how much food she's tossed over the years.


My roommate tossed Fage and Duck fat because he didn't like how they smelt.
I'm like it's yogurt.  And you don't even cook with duck fat. Fml
 
2022-10-05 9:59:45 PM  
At the legendary Next Fark Party I will regale the willing listeners with an Unbelievable Best By Story.
 
2022-10-05 10:48:38 PM  
I never knew until recently that hard boiled eggs are supposed to be eaten or tossed after a week. Two tops.

When I was younger, I used to hard boil a dozen eggs at a time and gradually eat them over a month or longer. I'm sure I ate some that were 2 or 3 months past being boiled. I figured since they were solid and still in their shells they'd be protected.

Guess I was either lucky or the recommendation to toss them after a week is unreasonable.
 
2022-10-05 10:57:37 PM  

Moose out front: I never knew until recently that hard boiled eggs are supposed to be eaten or tossed after a week. Two tops.

When I was younger, I used to hard boil a dozen eggs at a time and gradually eat them over a month or longer. I'm sure I ate some that were 2 or 3 months past being boiled. I figured since they were solid and still in their shells they'd be protected.

Guess I was either lucky or the recommendation to toss them after a week is unreasonable.


Yes
 
2022-10-06 12:20:10 AM  
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