Eating expired foods...

@lady1993 (16737)
Philippines
December 27, 2011 6:17am CST
Does the expiration date really mean the food or drink is not edible anymore the days after? I have eaten sliced breads that have expired for a week and I am fine. I have also eaten some cakes and bread from stores a day or two after the expiration date... so maybe they have an extension of one or two weeks as long as they stay in the fridge. Have you eaten expired foods?
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
27 Dec 11
I had eaten only expired chocolates before. Other than that, I try to check the expiration dates first before eating anything. Not sure but I think the expiration dates we see on breads are something which they have been asked to do. Normally when you buy a bread, the date of expiry printed is after 2 o 5 days. But I think as long as it doesn't have any molds then I think it is okay to eat. But other foods like those in cans or meats we buy, I think we should think twice before eating it once it's expired.
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
I have never eaten expired chocolate though..since they have- I think, a little bit of dairy stuff in them.. It is quite bad though, that breads expire so fast- but at least they are still edible few days after their expiry date.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 12
As chocolate eater I don't eat expired chocolate as it will ruin the taste of it~(^^) Got some experience with it and it really did not taste good~
@vanila (491)
• Israel
27 Dec 11
Some foods (like bread) can stay in the refrigerator for a few days after the expire date. also the companies that manufacture and market their products put a mark of an estimated date on them. I eat foods as look as I feel they fresh and good for me.
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@vanila (491)
• Israel
27 Dec 11
*sorry for the mistake - "I eat food that I see and feel they are fresh and good for eating"..
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Before I eat food, especially those that have been in the refrigerator for a few days, I smell them first and look at every part since that is one way to know if they can still be eaten or not.
@topffer (33791)
• France
27 Dec 11
The expiration date on the food has a large security margin and you can eat generally eat it during a week after the date has expired. Personally I am careful with meat and eggs and don't eat them when expired, but I eat bread, vegetables, yoghurts without really looking at the expiration date : we don't need to have a date to see if a vegetable is rotten or a piece of bread too dry to eat it.
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Oh, so they put a security margin, never knew that.. It would be nice if they put a one month allowance though. I just eat dry foods though which are already expired, not veggies or meat..
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
27 Dec 11
i have never tried eating expired foods, pastries or cakes or packed or frozen foods that are past the expiration date... hehe but just over the christmas eve when we had to cook gravy, i noticed the flour is expired already... we used half of the pack but it was not helping because the gravy was not thick! haha i guess expired flour is not for cooking anymore. wahaha :D
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
I only eat expired foods which are already cooked or baked though- I have never cooked anything that has already expired though- we always use food before it expires.. gravy expiration dates are so late... since they are seasoning..
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
27 Dec 11
Always and it always go with just dry foods like bread, cakes etc. I usually eat them a few days after the expiry date. But I don't eat expired dairy foods as it will harm your health and body~ I don't even dare to drink milk if I feel and smell something wrong with it even if its not expired yet as the content may exposed to some particle or I am not storing it in a correct way..(^^)
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
I just eat dry food too- I have even had spoiled milk even before it expired, you can know it since it smells sour-ish.. I just go with dry food to be safe.. they still taste thee same too.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
8 Jan 12
CT, you must always be careful as not to eat too much expired bread and cakes that had expired. Because i ever heard one of my friends who always eat expired bread and cakes, one day ended-up having bad stomach pain. Had to take medicine and rest at home for a few days, unable go to work. Better go for bread and cakes that are not expired yet.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
9 Jan 12
@lady The sourish smell of the milk..exactly..have a few experience with it but I blamed myself for not storing in a right way~(^^) @Myfb This was happened on lat Saturday. Mom made some egg fried bread with expired bread-one day expired that time if I am not mistaken. But yesterday there was some egg fried bread left and my mom thought that she could still eat it, but I quickly stopped her as soon as I smell something from it. Thank God she did it swallow it yet~ I don't blame mom as sometimes the eater won't smell the food as others who are noting eat it.(^^)
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
If the smell is not good I don't eat at all. I think you prove that there is no effect when we eat expiration food which always warning in all foods we buy in the market...
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Well, i always check the look and the smell of the food before I eat it.. since I know how spoiled food looks and smells like. I also know the dangers of eating old-ish food- so I am very careful.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
28 Dec 11
The expiration date means that is the peak of freshness. It starts to decline slowly after that. As long as it still looks and smells ok it usually is. Best advise is to use it up as fast as possible before or after the date.
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
That is what I always try to do- eat it before it expires..but then there are times when there is too much food and I can't finish it before that date...I always prefer to eat it when it is still fresh since it is more delicious.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
28 Dec 11
Sometimes the date on the package is a "sell by" date and not an experation date. Sometimes the food can be okay for a week or two after the date. Sometimes it has gone bad before the date. You can usually tell if it is bad by the smell. If I wasn't sure, I would give it to my cats, and if they wouldn't go near it, I knew it had turned. I don't have pets anymore so it is up to my nose.
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Well that is good to know- if the date written is just the "sell by" date. iu have experienced expiring of foods before it's expiry date though. It smelled sour and tasted sour too..
• Philippines
28 Dec 11
yes, i have eaten that, nothing happened to me as well. if you will check closer, it usually says, "best before" then the date. based on my opinion, it will only lessen the quality of the product but will not necessarily affect your health. my sister used to work in a company that distributes chocolate products, i will not name it, they said, food products usually have 3 months leeway against their expiration date. but i don't believe all food products has that. in case of a bread, if there are already molds in it, i bet you wouldn't try it. i believe, a day or two after the expiration date won't be harmful, but i'm not an expert, don't get me wrong, i'm just basing it on experience..
@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
I just realized that too- that maybe the date written is the last day in which you can taste the food like it's still fresh.. That is very good to know- if we still have 3 months allowance. I have eaten bread which is almost 2 weeks expired, it was still okay..
27 Dec 11
Yes, expired foods should be avoided as much as possible.
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Nah, I don't think it can be avoided at all- since some foods have their expiry date just a few days after you bought them..especially those baked ones. Welcome to mylot.
@koperty3 (1877)
27 Dec 11
I don't eat expired food. The date means that its not suitable for eating after that date. By eating expired food you can be really sick. Food can look ok but it is not. There is huge amount of organisms living in not fresh food. You can have food poison or even sepsis which can be lethal.
@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Yeah, those are the dangers.. but I have been eating them for many years now- nothing bad has ever happened- lucky me. i think there is still a bit of allowance they give on putting the dates though.. My dad said, a cook that it's fine so long as I keep it in the fridge.
@koperty3 (1877)
29 Dec 11
Good luck with that I wouldn't risk so much.
• Mexico
29 Dec 11
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@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
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@Lhenni (1246)
• Philippines
28 Dec 11
I won't eat expired food. Yes, it's just best before date, meaning it's still may be good after that date... but just to be sure... I won't use it. It might be a problem... so better be not!
@lady1993 (16737)
• Philippines
29 Dec 11
Well, I also believe in prevention is better than cure- it is best to avoid things that may harm you.. And I just noticed, it just did say BEST before.. so it's definitely not bad after..
@youless (90945)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Jan 12
I don't really care about the expired date of the food. I think usually they will not write down the deadline. Namely there are still some time to be expired totally. Besides, I am not a person who likes to waste. So I don't mind eating the food even if it is out of the expired date. Everything will be alright unless you pay attention to the date:) I love China
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
29 Dec 11
Expiration date means that it is not good to eat after that date. But food last longer than that. Simply because people might even die if food got rotten exactly at that date. I have worked with food in the past for some years and I can tell you that it is OK to eat it as long as you CHECK them before. For instance, when you have an expired can. You press it on the top and bottom. If it can be pressed it means it is not eatable. Anyway, you open it and the smell will let you know. ALWAYS CHECK!!!
@derek_a (10902)
28 Dec 11
I have eaten expired food but not before I have checked it out first. I usually smell it first and will eat it if it is OK. However, I will only do this with vegetable type foods and not meats as they can be turning or have something like samonella, which can cause severe illness. I think the dates on food are quite often well within the life of the food and I have heard that some dates may be short because the cutomer will throw it away and buy more. I think one needs to use common sense. When I was a kid, there were no dates on foods and my mother used to go on what she could see and smell and we never had any problems. _Derek
@jadoixa (1171)
• Philippines
28 Dec 11
there are some foods that even they have expired a few days and weeks are still kind of okay and we can still eat it..my mom bought these cookies and she has stored it not knowing that it is expiring and took it out a week or more later only to see and realize it has expired 2 weeks before but we still ate it..it was okay and nothing really happened to us..also it depends on some foods..some are not okay anymore a few weeks before expiration..also if we keep it frozen, it will be okay for a long time, my mom puts some breads on the freezer to keep it frozen and sometimes we toast it even if its there for a month..it was still okay..
@SIMPLYD (78617)
• Philippines
28 Dec 11
No. We avoid eating foods, without seeing its expiry date. If we see that its nearing the expiry date, we already eat it, so it would not be wasted. But sometimes, we determine a food through its color , smell or taste. Sometimes a pack of sliced bread would say that it will expire in two days time, but it already has some molds in it, we don't eat them anymore. We instead give them to our local dogs (askal).
• United States
28 Dec 11
Of course, food and beverages have expiration dates on it. But I do sometimes eat bread after expiration date due to not able to finish it on time. As long as it's in the fridge you're okay. But some other products like cheese, eggs or beverages may change it's color or taste. This might cause stomach problems or any other health issues because of the bacteria.
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
28 Dec 11
I don't eat expired food.It's not healthy.