The most meticulous consumer would be the one who would check the dates at the bottom of every product when he or she goes for grocery shopping.
And, believe us, it’s a compliment!
How many times have you carelessly bought expired foodstuff and thus had to take a trip back to the supermarket to return it? That’s okay, the supermarket was supposed to be conscientious enough not to be selling expired products anyway.
On the other hand, there are those who trust their sharp olfactory senses to warn them about the doubtful cheese in the fridge. That may not seem as smart as keeping the expiry dates in mind – though that too can be bothersome, with so many terms on the cover to confuse one.
There is, of course, the standard ‘Expiry Date’. Besides this, there are some other commonly spotted terms.
You are right, eating the food is definitely not as complicated as checking if it is edible. What is easy, though, is memorizing the natural expiry time limit of some common foods, some of which are:
Experts suggest keeping canned and dry food at 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in a dry, dark place. Moisture can be an issue in speeded-up deterioration. The taste, aroma, and appearance of food can change rapidly if the food comes in contact with a higher temperature or humidity.
Besides food, another really vital thing whose expiry dates can literally be a question of life and death is medicine. The drug manufacturers must test and establish the safety, potency and purity of the drugs over time. If the expiration date for a drug is given as a year and half, it means that as long as the drug has been stored properly – these three qualities can be assured for that long a period.
An expert advice is to keep one’s own date of purchase, even on canned goods. At the same time there is no need to be over-cautious and throw away good food, just because the date says so. In conclusion, it is definitely wise to stick to the dates on the product – though using one’s own senses (especially, the sniffing sort) to check on the food can be smart as well.
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