14/06/18: Is expired food safe to eat?

expiredAccording to the United States Department of Agriculture, 30% of food wastage from consumers and retailers due to confusion about expiration dates.

However, if you’re on a budget and trying to save money, is expired food safe to eat and if so what kind of food?

Cari Johnson from Big Sky Nutrition and Wellness who said almost all foods are good to eat past the expiration date with the exception of infant formula.

All shelf life food is based on the manufacturer and the retailer to look at the packaging and the content of the food to determine how long they feel it will be at it’s best quality, but it has no bearing on safety.

Shelf stable foods are determined by three different dates.

• “Best by date”- Indicates when a product will be of best quality; not a safety date.
•”Sell by date”- Indicates how long to display the product for sale for inventory management; not a safety date.
•”Use by date” – Indicates the latest date for recommended use while at peak quality; not a safety date except for when used on infant formula.

“So crackers, pasta, those things, you eat it until you feel it taste gross or inaccurate,” said Johnson. “Most people would consume it before then or if they decide its not worth that but if you’re in a pinch, there’s no federal law regulating expiration dates on food.”

Big Sky Nutrition and Wellness states it is important for consumers to understand the dates applied to food are for quality, not safety. Food products are safe to consume past the date on the label, and regardless of the date, consumers should evaluate the quality of the food product prior to its consumption.

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