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Man Ate Expired Food for a Whole Year to Prove Expiration Dates Have Little to Do with Safety

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A Maryland man trying to raise awareness about the confusing nature of expiration dates on consumer products ate expired food for a whole year and lived to tell the tale.

 

Scott Nash got the idea for his unusual experiment began three years ago, when he did something most of us wouldn’t even consider – he ate a yogurt that was six months past his expiration date. The “staunch environmentalist” and owner of MOM’s Organic Market, a D.C.-are grocery store chain, had forgotten the yogurt in the fridge of his old cabin in Virginia in the Spring and only found it again when returned in the Fall.

 

By that time it was already half a year past its expiration date, but that didn’t stop him from mixing it with his smoothie and chugging it down. It didn’t taste funny and he didn’t experience any health problems after consuming it. That got him thinking about the way companies use expiration dates nowadays.

 

“They are very vague. What does ‘expire’ mean? There is ‘best by,’ there is ‘sell by,’ ‘best if used by.’ I just think that there is no consistency, and that it is creating confusion,” Nash wrote in a blog post. "The Food Product Dating system for food (and non-edible goods) needs to be revised. Consistency in labeling (use one term for quality such as ‘best by’ or ‘for best quality, use by’ and another term for food safety such as ‘expires by’) would create clarity. And these dates need to be set to match reality. Some items don’t need a date at all – like salt, canned goods, and baby wipes.”

 

During the year-long experiment Scott Nash and his family ate anything from tortillas that were a year past date, yogurt that was seven, eight or nine months past date, meats that were weeks past their expiration dates, and heavy cream that was a few months past the dates stamped on its label. At one point, he even used the butter that had become moldy after being left for months in the fridge. He just scraped off the mold, and used it for cooking. And everyone was fine.

 

Nash admits that some foods do go bad and have to be thrown away, but there are better ways to tell than checking the expiration date on the packaging. If something looks, smells or tastes funny, you probably shouldn’t eat it, but most people suffer from something Nash calls “consumer anxiety disorder” which makes them discard perfectly good products just because of an arbitrary date.

 

“Some stuff is damaged, and that’s legitimate, and some stuff really does go bad. But a lot, most of the food that gets discarded is due to these arbitrary and confusing dates,” the Maryland entrepreneur said.

 

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There was a program on tv once about canned goods,

and they opened a 30 year old can of Skippers sardines,

and they ate them, they were still perfect.

regards worgeordie

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11 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

There was a program on tv once about canned goods,

and they opened a 30 year old can of Skippers sardines,

and they ate them, they were still perfect.

regards worgeordie

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naVyR6KlkWI

 

 

 

 

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I had an extra can of "Achar Pachranga" Indian pickles that I had for awhile.  Normally I put them in a glass jar and it might take me a year or more to use one up. I opened this old spare can and OMG, the entire inside of the can was completely corroded.  Definitely an acquired taste.

 

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Is this news? Learned this at age 10 after taking a ten year old aspirin. 

 

I actually think that bottle of aspirin kay still be in our cupboard. 

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1 hour ago, worgeordie said:

There was a program on tv once about canned goods,

and they opened a 30 year old can of Skippers sardines,

and they ate them, they were still perfect.

regards worgeordie

Yep saw that one.

Saw the same with the wife last night.

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58 minutes ago, Damrongsak said:

I had an extra can of "Achar Pachranga" Indian pickles that I had for awhile.  Normally I put them in a glass jar and it might take me a year or more to use one up. I opened this old spare can and OMG, the entire inside of the can was completely corroded.  Definitely an acquired taste.

 

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Maybe I make this my new profile picture :

 

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On 7/1/2019 at 11:49 PM, emptypockets said:

These dates are just a con to increase food turnover and so profits for the retailers. As said in the OP, if something smells or looks dodgy don't eat it. Otherwise go for it.

But of course, you can buy stuff which is almost out of date at reduced prices.

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4 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

But of course, you can buy stuff which is almost out of date at reduced prices.

I always buy the half price milk in Tesco.

And the reduced pork, if it's still pink.

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On 7/1/2019 at 11:49 PM, emptypockets said:

These dates are just a con to increase food turnover and so profits for the retailers. 

Well no, the expiry dates causes retailers to throw away lots of edible food, eating into their profits

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i guess everyone needs a hobby,

but eating expired food will never be mine

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