How do we actually deal with expiration dates?

Best before or Use by? Did you know that 1/3 of all the food produced gets either lost or thrown away. Meanwhile 800 million people is undernourished and don’t have enough food to lead a healthy life. 

This equation dosen’t really add up.

Clearly, there are a few things we humans need to change in order to not waste our planets recourses as quickly and damaging as we’re doing. 

One of these things is as simply as to learn the difference between ”Best before” and ”Use by” 

Way too much food is thrown away simply because people don’t know about that difference.

You don’t really have to change your entire life just to make a difference. According to Food Standards Agency, best before means that the food is guaranteed to have the same quality as when it was produced. However, this doesn’t mean that the food automatically gets ”old” when it passed it’s ”best before-date” 

When it comes to the ”Use by-stamp” it is however more important to follow the expiration date printed on the package since the product might be unsafe to eat. 

Deligates top-3 things to think about before throwing away food. 

  1. Smell it! Does it smell fine? Then it’s probably fine! 
  2. Look at it! Do you think it looks ”old”? The fact is that a lot of food can be eaten weeks or even months after it passed its ”best before-date”
  3. Taste it! If it tastes fine you can eat it. 
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