Food expiration dates are a conspiracy

Scott Nash is my hero this week. I’m thus pleased with him i would even pay some cash in his out-of-the-way and somewhat dearly-won market. Nash is that the founder and chief executive officer of Mom’s Organic Market and also the Washington Post featured him in the week.

(That’s another breakthrough. Normally the WoePost only features victims — real or imagined — and their downer stories. The story with Nash, on the other hand, was happy, upbeat, positive and scientific!)
For the past year Nash has been consumption food that’s past its “expiration date.” The story explains, “He ate a cup of yogurt months after its expiration date. Then tortillas a year past their expiration date. ‘I mean, I Greek deity cream i feel ten weeks past date,’ Nash said, ‘and then meat sometimes a good month past its date. It didn’t smell bad. Rinse it off, good to go.’ It was all part of his year-long experiment to test the limits of food that had passed its expiration date.”

The heavy cream is no big deal. That ultra-pasteurized sugar suspension has the period of time of Uranium-238. The meat is another story. That’s putting your theory where your mouth is. It’s the grocery-shopping equivalent of Dr. Barry Marshall WHO drank a glass of Helicobacter pylori to prove microorganism causes ulcers.

I’ve told my anti-science family for years that “expiration dates” ar a manufacturer’s scam to win over shoppers to throw out absolutely smart product and purchase unneeded replacements. The key word in the conspiracy being “buy.”

They moan “it’s expired” and I reply the product is only gaining momentum.

This is one among the rare times once the govt. and that i agree, except maybe for the conspiracy part.

Even the Grocery makers Association and also the Food promoting Institute has admitted, “‘Best if used by’ describes product quality, meaning the product might not taste as good past the date but is safe to eat. ‘Use by’ is for product that ar extremely putrescible and may be used or tossed by that date.”

The jig ought to are up even for the foremost gullible shopper after they started putt expiration dates on WATER! But sheep-like shoppers simply nodded and thought, “Gee, I didn’t know that. How old the water in our pool?”

Enviros should be on this like methane on cows, but they are noticeable for their absence. Tossing perfectly good food is wasteful and as the WoePost advises, “And you are not just wasting calories and money. You are wasting all the resources that went into growing, packaging and transporting that food.”

Here’s my handy guide to food longevity. Produce and fruit watch out of themselves while not government intervention. Canned meat is ok years when the “expiration date” unless the will is bulging. The same goes for soup and canned vegetables. Candy and other bars are best judged individually. Cliff bars and supermolecule bars simply become a lot of chewy, helping to cancel out some of the calories. Hard candy is good until Jesus returns. Snickers ar fine, but the peanut butter in Reese’s Cups will become hard and develop a clay-like consistence. It’s edible but not pleasurable.

Soft drinks can die during a few years, but remain drinkable. Snapple on the other hand won’t. I had a bottle of Diet Peach Tea in the week that was of the 2016 vintage and it absolutely was awful.

With dairy farm product let your nose be your guide.
Currently the feds solely need expiration notices on kid formula. The other dates are part of the conspiracy. That may be changing. Emily Broad Leib a nanny connected with the Harvard grad school Food Law and Policy Clinic has plans. “We’re going to need the main government agencies that regulate food to be able to say: These are what these labels mean. When you see these on products, here’s what you should do, here’s how you should interpret them.”

She also wants to bring back criminal penalties for those who wantonly tear the tags off of mattresses.

Scott, for his half, maintains, “Some things just shouldn’t be dated.”

I agree. My list of undatable things would come with water, “cheese food”, Twinkies and milk, that is immortal. Buttermilk’s enemy isn’t time, it’s evaporation.

— Michael Shannon

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