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Some people think expiration date is mandatory. If we eat food past that date we may be risking our lives. That´s not exactly true. We tell you what food you can eat even if the “best before” label is way back in time.
Just because a food is out of date it does not necessarily mean that consuming it is risky. The first thing to consider is whether the label indicates the expiration or consumption date. If it is expired, the company that manufactures the product cannot guarantee the safety of consuming it once the date has passed. If it is for consumption, it can change the organoleptic properties of the product (smell, taste, texture, for example) but there is no risk to health.
Here´s a list of food that can be consumed days and even weeks after their deadline, as long as they are not open or show signs of being damaged.
- French fries and nuts
- Packaged cookies
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Pasta, rice, and legumes
- Jam and butter
- Sausages and cured cheeses
- Soups and sauces in envelopes
- Tomato packaging
There is also food that does not have to bear an expiration or consumption date: alcoholic beverages that have graduation greater than 10% by volume, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and cookies, vinegar, salt, sugar, and some gum. This does not mean that they do not lose their properties over time.
Regarding fresh vegetables, as long as they are not spoiled, they can be consumed. However, with meat and fish, it is not advisable to be daring. Not only do they have to be discarded after the expiration date, but also if they have not been kept at adequate temperatures.