When we’re in the supermarket we often use expiry dates to guide us. We will look for the expiry date furthest away and avoid any products that are too near their expiry date. However, we also carry this tactic home with us. As this infographic from Lakeshore Convention Centre outlines, when we look in the fridge and try figure out if something has gone off, the first thing we will usually do is look at the expiration date. We very rarely actually check does the food taste or smell likes it’s gone off.
What people must remember is that expiration dates are only a general indicator of a product’s freshness; they have absolutely no bearing on whether a product is safe to eat or not. For example, best-before dates are there to inform you about a product’s peak freshness and if your food is a day or two after that date it is generally still absolutely perfect to consume. Find out more below!