Lots of people think that foods that have crossed their expiry date should definitely be thrown out. But this is not necessarily the case, because this date is no guarantee of food safety. It is more of a suggestion from the manufacturer indicating the time during which the food is at its freshest. Actually this date follows the words “Best before”.
It should be noted that the law does not require manufacturers of products whose shelf life exceeds 90 days to print an expiry date on the packaging. Many do so anyway, in part to maintain proper rotation of foods in the supermarket. But this could lead to a lot of wastage.
Here are some tips and precautions to help you reduce your food wastage (and save money at the same time!)
Instead of relying solely on the expiry date, it is better to trust the visual appearance, odor and taste of the food. Does the expired food smell bad or look different? If it does, then throw it out. If it doesn’t, you can usually eat it, with a few exceptions.