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The lie of “expired” food and the disastrous truth of America’s food waste problem

 
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The lie of “expired” food and the disastrous truth of America’s food waste problem
Everything you assume about date labels is probably wrong

There are two vital facts to know about date labels on foods in the US: They’re not standardized, and they have almost nothing to do with food safety.

Date labels first started appearing in the decades following World War II, as American consumers increasingly moved away from shopping at small grocery stores and farms and toward supermarkets, with their rows of packaged and curated options. At first, manufacturers printed a date code on cans and packages for the benefit of the grocer, so they’d have a guideline for when to rotate their stock. The label was not designed for consumers. But since shoppers wanted to buy the freshest food on the shelf, savvy folks started publishing booklets that gave a guide for deciphering the codes.
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07/10/2021 07:50 AM
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The finest salt in the world developed over 20 million years...

expires next tuesday.
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07/10/2021 07:55 AM

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I don't pay attention to expiration dates...The sniff and taste test is better...
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Expiration dates are for store use mainly, to let them know how to rotate stock and discard old product...
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expiration
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07/10/2021 10:33 AM
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I believe that Vox article is a bit misleading,p. There is often very good reason to pay attention to date codes, especially the “use by” dates. While the sniff test can usually determine obvious spoilage, it’s dangerous to rely solely on our senses to protect us.

The two biggest bugaboos that are pretty much undetectable outside of a laboratory are listeria and botulism. As the article mentioned, listeria is the reason deli goods should be consumed promptly, but it can also lurk in cured meats, as well, both refrigerated and non-refrigerated. Botulism is the reason you don’t keep opened jars of food in the fridge for 6 months, as it can grow very slowly in refrigerated goods in the absence of air, even below 40°F. Foods like sliced onions, if wrapped tightly in foil and left unrefrigerated for as little as a day or two, can develop botulism from the spores that were on the outside of the produce, and carried into the wet slices when cut.

Food safety is a big subject, and it pays to learn about it. If you’d care to see just how much food poisoning goes on in America, visit this link:
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bump ‘cause it’s an important subject...





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