Do you follow expiry dates?

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
September 22, 2012 8:01pm CST
I know a girl a day before expiry dates she will throw things out. She in her head think it will kill you. I have eating and drank things that were expired, and I have a very sensitive disgestive system and havent gotten sick. Now I could see if it were meat, or dairy, etc. I was trying to get rid of this Keurig coffee, I dont want it and told alady it was expired I would sell if for $5 for 3 24 count boxes. This lady said yes, and now I have 2 boxes of decaf. This friend of mine said she would throw it out, now this drinks can last for ages. I know a lady who had whos for a year or so and it was fine. I drank it, and didnt have an issue. Now if I dont have an issue with it, the world can drink it because I have the worse system available. She also went on about some lady selling hot chocolate that was from last winter, I just ignoring her, as it wasnt opened.
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@GardenGerty (101841)
• United States
23 Sep 12
On things like the coffee and drinks, they are at their very best before that date, but they will not hurt you after they expire. Even milk, I will use, especially for cooking. Meat, well if I buy it and it is close dated I will freeze it if I am not using it immediately. Most of these dates are set really early. Canned goods are something I will not use past date, though.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
23 Sep 12
I agree, I am usually the same way. Every says let me try it, and it she doesnt run to the bath room with 10 minutes its good (but its true).
• India
23 Sep 12
I would agree with your point on the issue. Coffee doesnt get bad even after some days i guess. The dry fruits and stuff also remains for days without decay. Meat anyway if you buy in large quantities, you cant finish it off in the same day. How would we ever manage had the refrigerator been not invented.
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@GardenGerty (101841)
• United States
24 Sep 12
In my country, before the refrigerator, people caught wild meat, or butchered their animals. They would store the meat in salt, or smoke it in a smoke house and dry it if they had surplus. They also would pressure can meat in jars at one time. People probably still do can some meats to preserve it. Refrigerators and freezers make it so much easier, though.
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
I learned somewhere before that expiration dates are actually one month advance. Example, food will expire October 2012, they say that you can still eat that food until November 2012.. I'm not sure about that but I think my mother believes that. As for me, I am uncomfortable touching food that are expired. I'd rather buy something new than risk my stomach..
• India
23 Sep 12
Thank you for sharing that information.I always believed that they would always give a buffer for such dates. But are you sure its precisely one month. I think its always safe to avoid expired food products.
• Philippines
13 Oct 12
I am not sure about expiry dates but that is just something that I learned from somewhere before. Still, I am not comfortable eating expired products
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
Expiry dates do serve a purpose and they are there to remind us that nothing lasts forever. :) so best yet, use them while they're still at their best. why wait for the expiry date? That should also teach us not to stack up on things we do not really need (or occasionally need).
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
30 Sep 12
A lot of things you stock up on sale, I know I was raised to do this. Many times in case of an emergency I know in my case usually what ends up happening. Some items I win on contests, and cant find someone to use it. But the people I petsit for are the worse they have things that expired 3 -4 years ago in their cupboard right now.
@nhieleiko (109)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
Expiration date is just a warning. we can eat or drink beyond that date. If I am not mistaken, the product will last 6 months after the expiration date reached.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
30 Sep 12
I have been told the same thing in the past. Normally if its not dairy, or something that can easy spoil then I would still consume it.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
23 Sep 12
Hello Ricki. With me it depends on what the product is and how it was sealed if opened whether or not I will either use it or toss it out. I just went through the cupboard the other day and threw out some pancake waffle mix and instant milk that had been open for over a year. I read t hat after a while they can collect mold and so can cause illness. I now transfer them to zipplock bags. Most things I don't pay much attention to the expiration date unless it can really be unsafe to eat. I don't keep meet left overs or lunch meat over the expiration date. Now my granddaughter threw out some perfectly good yogurt that had gone past the expiration date by just a few days. The only thing I am a real stickler about is any thing that can cause food poisoning. Most things have so many preservatives that they just can't go bad even if they wanted to. If it's on sale past the expiration date I do buy it after checking to make sure it is still sealed real good.
• India
23 Sep 12
You just reminded me of what my dad used to. my mother is not pretty conscious of these things and she just preserves everything. She doesnt throw out even after expiry date since she keep it in a clean place. But my dad does a sort of month wise inspection and removes all those things.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
23 Sep 12
Honestly a lot of the dates on packages are just advisory. Now I don't eat candy from a few years ago, or anything for that matter, but that's just me. I know that things have a very long shelf life past their expiry date but I still worry. So I guess I'm a weird one in that I know that the good by shelf date is usually nothing more then a suggestion, but I suppose I feel it will taste different when it's all in my head.
• India
23 Sep 12
I would say you are not at all weird. this is the right thing to do.if somebody mocks at you , you dont have to bother because those people are just being senseless here. manufacturers keep an expiry date not for fun.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
We follow expiry dates. hehe my mom is very particular with that and actually even if the expiry date is about 2 days from today and we ae to use it today, we would already not use the food as a safety precaution. =) my brother is really also very sensitive to these so we don't use them anymore.
@Raine38 (9196)
• United States
23 Sep 12
We always follow the expiry dates. We throw them out on the very day it has expired onwards. My mom had a bad case of food poisoning and it was a very traumatic experience and from then on we never even try to use expired foods. Better be safe than sorry.
• India
23 Sep 12
Even i do the same. but there are people who are still not serious about these things. the problem is they wait till they have bad experience. I really dont understand the logic behind this attitude. we should learn from others mistakes also rather than waiting for us to commit one.
23 Sep 12
I have known people who wouldn't eat something if it was the last day before it expired, even things that aren't fresh and just say the end of a particular month. Or 'best before' which doesn't necessarily mean that you can't eat it after the date. I won't eat meat/milk etc after the expiry date, but will with long-life things like tinned food.
• India
23 Sep 12
I really would suggest you should avoid that practice. may be you never had trouble till now. But why take the risk because its really not worth it. A food poisoning can leave you on bed for a week at times.
• Indonesia
23 Sep 12
Hmm, for me I don't want to risk my stomach though. Since I've had experienced the sickness after consumed instant noodles which past its expired date. At that time I didn't checked the expired date of that intant noodless and get sick from eating that. From now on I really don't want to risk myself by consuming something past expiration date.
• India
23 Sep 12
Food poisoning is nasty thing to happen. its just drains you completely off. Actually we do take noodles but never bothered much about the expiry dates till sometime back. I think it also depends on the outlets where we get it form. if its the one with decent crowds, then you can be relatively on the safer side.
@allknowing (68896)
• India
23 Sep 12
I am strict about expiry dates and never consume anything beyond the expiry dates. I remember when I was on holiday in Australia, I had visited a shop in Melbourne where they were selling giant size tablerone chocolates at half the normal rate. I picked up a few pieces and as I was on my way to the payment counter I accidentally looked at the expiry date and was shocked that they were a year beyond the expiry date. I put back the pieces but was thoroughly disappointed. I love chocolates!
• India
23 Sep 12
i would say you were saved. i cant believe people sell chocolates which are one year after the expired date. i would say you should have made an issue out of it. i mean those things, had you consumed would have given you serious troubles.
• India
15 Apr 13
If it is food item i check date of manufacture and date of expiry, they don't call it date of expiry but 'best before'; if it is medicine specially antibiotics; expiry date is of great important, for shoes, wallets i don't bother.
• India
13 Apr 13
Hi friend, good to know that you had a sensitive disgestive system and have the ability to take expired items without any side effects. I am not interested in consuming expired items and take risks in my health. Always i try my maximum to avoid expired items and through it like the girl
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Oct 12
I do pay attention to expiry dates, but I am realistic about it. In the case of most food I would not keep it for long beyond the expiry date, but a day would be irrelevant tome. The addition of an expiry dates is a legal requirement that manufacturers must comply with, so they appear on many items that do not practically require one. Coffee is a good example, and I would be quite happy drinking it far beyond the displayed date. When the practice was first introduced in England, I noticed a vast amount of cheese on sale in the supermarket at incredibly low cost, simply because the date showed that it would expire in a couple of days. I must have bought about 3 kilogram of it, after all it not fresh food and cannot easily go off.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Sep 12
Non-perishable items are called non-perishable items for a reason. Yes, they might have a best by date on the can, but that definitely doesn't mean that you can't continue to eat or drink the product after that date has passed. Now, I won't continue to eat them indefinitely, but I will eat them for a period of time after the date has passed. With milk and dairy products, it is typically good for a week after the sell by date and the same is true with meat as well. However, even these things will last far longer than that as long as you've frozen it.
• India
24 Sep 12
Hello 911Ricki, Nice topic indeed. I have never consumed any food stuffs after the expiry dates. Some times without my knowledge I would have consumed. But I think it may also due to climatic conditions which causes the food to get spoiled sooner or later. In my country as it is hot, it is very easy for the food to get spoiled not sure about the medicines. Hence we need to refrigerate the things which would get spoiled soon. But consuming stuffs which are expired depends upon the body conditions of the person's immune system I guess.
@chi2nasrin (1102)
• Malaysia
24 Sep 12
No, I don't. Neither does my mum. We ever consume food that are way past the expiry date, canned food for instance. I think accept when, like bread, already grow the fungus thing, then you should throw it out. But for me when food still smell okey then no need to throw away. I think expiry date is just for precaution, assumption of when it is not good for consumption, or maybe the seller just don't want to keep it too long, for fear that you might not buy another one real soon.
@leomzme (40)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
why should you problem on this, it's very simple follow the expiry date and it comes don't use it, bec, we buy for it for the go0d our life, in my place there's a mall they sell cheap food or anythng 2 m0nths before expiry date..
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
23 Sep 12
depends on what it is ok but i always keep a lot of non perishables past their dates. stuff like hot chocolate (even if its opened. i am using up stuff i had since Christmas now that the weather has turned cooler); popcorn; pasta; chips (my mom manages a tuckshop at a nursing home and she gives us all the chips that have gone past their date and they are fine.) i don't see a problem with using up stuff like that even if they are passed their expiry date.
@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 12
It depend. For milk, I follow the expired date strictly. Ror bread, if there's no growth on it after expired date, I'll still consume it. For other food, i follow the expired date loosely. i have an experience, where i buy 5 sticks of chocolate cheaply, which the expired date is in 1 month, and i found worm in one of it. i throw out the one with worm, and eat the rest.