There is a lot of confusion when you throw the food in your. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says this confusion is a major contributor to food waste in the United States.
Unfortunately for many, the date stamped on the packaging can make things even more confusing. This is what selling, useful and best date means, and how you can really tell when the food is gone bad.
The sales date may seem quite self-explanatory. The food goes bad on this date, it's raw and you shouldn't buy it, right?
Actually, the food inside the package is still fresh. This date only helps the stores manage their inventory, according to the USDA.
In fact, only two-thirds of a product's total durability has been used when the date of sale expires. This means that the food will remain fresh in the coming days.
Many stores place discounted goods on or past their sales date. As long as you use the item in the next few days, you can get a great deal on safe food.
You can also freeze food with a due date of sale if you are not going to use them immediately. So, look for these deals and store.
Date of use
Date of use is more important to consumers. It gives you an idea of when the food can go bad, but it is not always an indicator of when the food will make you sick.
If a product is beyond the date of use, its texture, color and quality may usually change, but may not be technically rotten. If it is a day or two past the date of use, you should be OK. Longer than that and you should probably throw it.
The only exception to this rule is the baby formula. USDA notes that any formula before the date of use should be discarded.
The best date has nothing to do with security. It's just on the packaging to let you know how long the food will taste and look its best.
So how do you know when the food is bad?
OK, so the label date doesn't help much to determine the moment the food goes bad. So how do you avoid throwing away good food?
There are some ways to tell if the food is too old to eat, according to the USDA. Basically, you trust your senses.
If it smells rotten or has mold growing on it, throw it out. When the meat products become slimy or sticky, it is a good sign that they are rotten as well.
Many people think that meat or poultry items are bad if they change color. It's a myth. The color change is normal, but if the meat is sticky, slimy, moldy or stinky, it also throws away.