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So how vigilant are you when it comes to expiry dates?

Do you biff a few days before the ‘time is up’?

Or do you have different rules for different food groups?

And what about cosmetics and medicines?

You may have noticed all shampoos, cosmetics now have a month date of how long they last once opened.

If perishable foods that can cause a good dose of food poisoning are on or near expiry I won’t eat them (meat, dairy products etc) but if it is say a sachet of devilled sausage mix from Maggi that is perhaps a month overdue I don’t mind…….

Medicines I will chuck away or medicated creams that you may apply to your skin but if I had a panadol that was expired by a short time I’d have that too.

Most of the time expriry dates are there to protect both the consumer and supplier (so the consumer gets the best quality product and so the supplier does get it the shizzle for selling something not up to scratch).

What about you? Discuss
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well, theres the "best before" and "use by" dates - do you know the difference? there was an article in a healthy food guide about it.

im quite strict when it comes to food - but other things im not - they're all best befores and if it still works - then yay!
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Best by dates are guidelines. Guidelines which are to be ignored where tasty food is concerned and adhered to when said food is yuck. And what's a little campybacter between friends anways?? :>
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Just* said:
well, theres the "best before" and "use by" dates - do you know the difference? there was an article in a healthy food guide about it.

im quite strict when it comes to food - but other things im not - they're all best befores and if it still works - then yay!


Yes as I work in FMCG Wink
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Use by dates I will use by or throw.

Best before dates I will use until run out.

-Apparently- you can eat protein bars up to 3 months after their best before date (according to ex boss) I don't know if he was just being a tight arse after ordering too many though.
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Normally i'm pretty vigilant and err of the side of caution. But last night i ate four bits of bacon that were a week past it - i figured they preserve it in sulphur and shit or something, plus the packet was unopened.
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DD said:
If perishable foods that can cause a good dose of food poisoning are on or near expiry I won’t eat them (meat, dairy products etc)


what about red meat, where the risk is incredibly low? and then you have aged meat too....

then what if it's been in the freezer?

assuming proper storage etc of course...
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I eat it out of the freezer but not if it had been sitting around in the chiller (in particular chicken). As for red meat it depended on the shop....
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ugh yeah fuck chicken indeed :S
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I'm very very anal about chicken and dairy, and everything else I just don't care about. Perfume though gets gross after a year, so I'll usually chuck it if it's not all used Smile
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usually your nose is a fairly good indicator of whether to use something thats past its expiry date Very Happy
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Which reminds me of the milk that I discovered in the fridge at work after the christmas holidays

GAG! Mad
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was having this conversation yesterday - i'm shocking with best before/expiry dates - i'll throw things out at least two days before the date - don't know why but i just can't bring myself to use anything anywhere near an expiry/best before date!!!
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kris_b said:
ugh yeah fuck chicken indeed :S


I only ever cook chicken the day I buy it.

Defrosted chicken gets kinda rubbery when cooked.
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Nah i wont eat anything out of date...even if it's like a day over. haha.
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kris_b said:
ugh yeah fuck chicken indeed :S


can't say that i've tried that - do you find it a suitable alternative to apple pie?
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Depends on what it is... meat for sure... I dont risk that.

But other foods like protein & suppliments, certain dairy I may use after expiary but I will check it out fully before using it.
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Shaved ham from the deli always has an expiry date of about 3 days after the day you buy it.

I eat it up to 5 or 6 days later and never have a problem...
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DD said:
Which reminds me of the milk that I discovered in the fridge at work after the christmas holidays

GAG! Mad


Ew Mum has biscuits in the pantry that are well expired.
I don't eat anything over it's expiry date.
I remember someone did not chuck the milk out once when I was living at home, and I made a cold milk milo - as I was gulping it back I read the milk date had expired and spat it out...gross.
Fruit and vegetables have expiry dates on them when they are pre-packaged - I won't even eat them.
I think its because I use to work for a Dairy Company and heard far to many revolting stories...
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just enjoying a coffee with best before the 27th milk

delicious! Very Happy
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It says Best Before, not Shit After.
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Antics said:
Shaved ham from the deli always has an expiry date of about 3 days after the day you buy it.

I eat it up to 5 or 6 days later and never have a problem...


i only eat it the day after, any time after that and i reckon it smells weird. Neutral