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Old 10-09-2013, 04:38 PM
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This was on the Today show this morning. Apparently they are not even regulated, but come up with by companies based on their best guess of when a product is at peak of freshness. A food scientist who has written a book about it says there has never been a documented case of food poisoning via someone eating food past its' expiration (meat and milk are exceptions, of course).

They said eggs are good 3-5 WEEKS past the date on the package, and that canned/boxed/bottled/jarred foods are fine up to a year past the sell-by or "best by" date if unopened, many canned foods are fine even several years past the date.

I have thrown out many things, cans of soup, bottled salad dressings, etc, because it was past the date, but they said we are wasting money by doing so.

They did say that baby formulas though ARE federally regulated, and you should go by the date for those.
depends on the quality of the product. if you consume steriod pumped cows and chickens, then this would apply. NOT THE SAME FOR ORGANIC.

Real meat (none rghb, no steriods, no chemcials, grass fed) turns quicker, no chemicals or preservatives.
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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depends on the quality of the product. if you consume steriod pumped cows and chickens, then this would apply. NOT THE SAME FOR ORGANIC.

Real meat (none rghb, no steriods, no chemcials, grass fed) turns quicker, no chemicals or preservatives.
The law requires vendors to list any chemicals or preservatives on the packaging, even for raw meat. If the package doesn't list any preservatives, it doesn't matter whether the meat is organic or not. It will turn just as fast.

BTW, steroids and growth hormones are not fed to chickens. It's been illegal since the 1950s.

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articl...-the-confusion
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:39 PM
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The law requires vendors to list any chemicals or preservatives on the packaging, even for raw meat. If the package doesn't list any preservatives, it doesn't matter whether the meat is organic or not. It will turn just as fast.

BTW, steroids and growth hormones are not fed to chickens. It's been illegal since the 1950s.

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articl...-the-confusion
this is correct, i should have added anti bacterial chemicals, many chickens and cows are over fed to process faster and their internal organs cant keep up with this rapid growth, many die before they even get carted to chopping blocks, i guess a smart marketing ploy would be using full aged chickens rather than 8 weeks old chickens or something along those lines
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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depends on the quality of the product. if you consume steriod pumped cows and chickens, then this would apply. NOT THE SAME FOR ORGANIC.

Real meat (none rghb, no steriods, no chemcials, grass fed) turns quicker, no chemicals or preservatives.
They said meat and milk/dairy were exceptions. Usually you can tell by the smell if they're bad, though. If milk is a little past the date but it still smells fine, I'll still use it.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:56 PM
 
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They said meat and milk/dairy were exceptions. Usually you can tell by the smell if they're bad, though. If milk is a little past the date but it still smells fine, I'll still use it.
Milk should normally be good for a week after the Sell By date.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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This was on the Today show this morning. Apparently they are not even regulated, but come up with by companies based on their best guess of when a product is at peak of freshness. A food scientist who has written a book about it says there has never been a documented case of food poisoning via someone eating food past its' expiration (meat and milk are exceptions, of course).

They said eggs are good 3-5 WEEKS past the date on the package, and that canned/boxed/bottled/jarred foods are fine up to a year past the sell-by or "best by" date if unopened, many canned foods are fine even several years past the date.

I have thrown out many things, cans of soup, bottled salad dressings, etc, because it was past the date, but they said we are wasting money by doing so.

They did say that baby formulas though ARE federally regulated, and you should go by the date for those.
I wonder how many people realize, posting dates on foods has only been in existence maybe 20 years? And sell or use by such and such date means very little.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Delaware
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That's why it's called the SELL BY date. It's for the retailer, not the consumer. They want to sell products they know won't be returned because they're spoiled or stale, so the retailer needs to know when to pull the product or mark it for discount for a quick sale.

My criteria is if it doesn't smell or taste bad, it's still safe to eat. I don't swallow if the taste is off, though.

Exactly!!
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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I wonder how many people realize, posting dates on foods has only been in existence maybe 20 years? And sell or use by such and such date means very little.
Sell by dates on fresh products like milk has been around a lot longer than that. On other foods, you are correct.
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