Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Eyebrow raising article

Just a quickie - have just read this article in the paper this morning, about scientists testing canned/dried/frozen food that was years out of date, to see if it was still safe to eat.  Amazingly, almost all of it was safe and mostly still tasted fine....in fact, the only thing they said not to consume was bottled beer!

So we really don't need to worry so much about sell by dates - except for fresh chilled foods like meat, fish, soft cheeses.  It's all about using our eyes, noses and common sense.  

8 comments:

  1. I always say if it smells alright and looks alright it is, Approved foods is a brilliant site which sells out of date foods, which avoids so much waste, I know some people who are so stuck up about foods, its's crazy, I have never made anyone ill yet.

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  2. Yes I agree. All about common sense. Too much food is wasted unnecessarily.
    I remember about 25 years ago (when I had 3 children under 5 and life was busy) - we had a plumber in doing a little job. I offered him tea & toast. He wanted marmalade. My very old opened jar had a good layer of mould on top. I scraped it off. He ate it all. He still lives to this day. Naughty really, but needs must!

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  3. It's very sad, Sooze, that 'common sense' isn't common to all, isn't it? However, I'm all for 'best before' dates and then we can add several weeks or even months!
    Indeed, years ago, when my dear Mum made marmalade, it was normal for some jars to have a little mould on the top towards the end of the year, we just scraped it off as Mrs above did.
    Margaret P
    www.mararetpowling.com

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  4. I read the article too. Unfortunately there are whole generations who believe the garbage retailers tell us.

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  5. Totally agree with you. It's just so sad there's so much waste because people believe those dates.
    J x

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  6. Taste and texture may deteriorate but that is just about all. If you contact the producers most will give you a much longer date. As for common sense, isn't that as rare as Rocking Horse manure.

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  7. There never used to be sell by dates on food and people managed to tell if the food was off or not. I think our noses judge food better than any printed dates on packaging.

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  8. I wonder who started printing these dates in the first place? I take no notice at all.

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