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Do food expiration dates really mean anything?

By Hilary Meyer, May 3, 2012 - 12:00pm

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Hilary asks: Do you eat food past its expiration date?


I think people are way too paranoid about food expiration. This results in a tremendous waste of food and overspending on groceries.


07/02/2012 - 2:20am

Yes, I do and I've done it for very many years. NEVER has anything happened to me. Kept well in the refrigerator or freezer, food or drink (milk, fruit juices) are as good as before expiration date. And I mean for certain foods/juices even several months.



12/27/2012 - 3:41am

We still have Juice Plus capsules expired 02 2012 is it still ok to take them


01/25/2013 - 12:15am

I have this huge box of chocolate chip cookies that supposedly expired like 6 month ago -- but they look and taste fine and are individually sealed. I seems like a total waste to toss them based on some arbitrary expiration date, but I do wonder if I am unknowingly getting some bad side effects eating these old cookies (they taste perfect).


03/11/2013 - 5:17pm

My hard and fast rule is, "no dairy, no danger," meaning if it isn't a dairy product (or meat), I have no problem eating it after the date.


04/30/2013 - 12:16pm

As all foods are made of the organic material they are bound to decay because of natural process which has to keep up with the life-cycle.Expiration of an edible product is not something un-natural.It simply means that certain harmful for human's health bacteria has developed in the food item by the date mentioned on the product,I think the safest thing is to throw-away unless the product is consumed by the date of expiration.I further hold that even items that are frozen should not be used after a certain date as bacteria are found to have developed in very low temperatures.Eat safe and live healthy.No food item is precious than your health


04/30/2013 - 11:56pm



07/14/2013 - 5:35pm

yesss ! its still good or whatevaaa!


07/21/2013 - 9:33am

hell yeah


08/22/2013 - 1:41pm

my family and i eat 90% expired food.we have never been sick.being we consume food every day you would think you could tell good food from certainly smart enough to make my own judgment on what i eat -if its good or bad .my opinion im way better than the government in deciding whats good to eat.people are pretty stupid that go out of there way to bitch at the homeless -for getting canned goods from there garbage.being homeless doesnt mean they are so stupid they dont hnoe what to eat,kevoin


09/21/2013 - 7:25pm

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