20 Household Items You Didn’t Realize Had Expiration Dates
Whenever we go to shopping to some mart or mall, there are some things that we have to check before we buy them. We always check the expiry date on products especially on food items, we really don’t wanna consume expired products can we? We do it for safety purposes, but the things we forget to check for their expiry date, what about them? The things that surround us in our houses and we use them every day for a long long time.
FOR some people, checking the expiry date on food stuffs before buying is not taken seriously and yet the consequences of consuming such food can lead to health complications.
Checking the “best before” and “expiry date” labels on foods, from milk and cheese to bread and meats, is one of the first things consumers should do before throwing them in their grocery carts.
A Health Canada advisory issued earlier this week informs consumers about what they should know before stocking their fridges and cupboards.
For instance, in Canada, a best-before sticker must appear on almost all prepackaged foods that will keep fresh for 90 days or less, Kirsten Mattison of Health Canada’s bureau of microbial hazards told CBC News on Friday.
Brenda Watson, executive director of the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education, adds: “Those best-before dates are the manufacturer’s promise to the consumer that the packaging and the food within them will be of the highest quality standard and will contain the nutrients as outlined on the label.
“After that date, the promise no longer stands.…Definitely when a consumer purchases their food, they should be aware of the best-before date and if it has already passed, they should leave it on the shelf and look for something fresher,” she says from Cambridge, Ont.
Some foods with a longer shelf life and that are critical to nutrition must carry expiry dates. These foods include meal replacements, nutritional supplements, and infant formulas and formulated liquid diets, which should not be consumed after the date on the label has passed, Mattison says from Ottawa.
“That’s absolutely critical for those products because they may be all the food people are ingesting.”
Here are some other answers to common questions about the freshness of food products:
This is because when products get expired they become contaminated thus posing a health hazard to the consumer.
Consuming expired foods could also cost life. It is against this background that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) public relations officer Hanford Chaaba advised members of the public to be wary about eating expired food which can cause serious health problems.
He said when the product is expired, it means that it has outlived its shelf life and has lost its usefulness.
Mr Chaaba said foodstuffs that have gone beyond expiration date may cause severe irritation and infections including physical discomfort such as stomach upset which might or might not be accompanied by vomiting.
“Checking the expiry date is very important and; it saves you from buying products that are expired.
“It can also prevent you from putting your health at risk as a result of consuming expired products,” he said.
He advised the public to ensure that they do not buy foodstuffs that have lived beyond their expired date.
Mr Chaaba said the right food contains all nutrients the body needs to perform functions like repairing cells and preventing some illnesses and it may save one from preventable expenses.
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