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WhatCameFirst

At last the voice of sanity for "use by" dates

We've always used the "sniff by" date but we have friends (and family ) who strictly adhere to supermarkets' dates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-24305902
Seabird

Same here.... though I have, on occasions opened prepacked mince and chicken that's smelled pretty disgusting before the 'use by' date. It's been binned or fed to the cats because I'd rather waste a couple of quid than waste a few precious days with food poisoning. Can't see why tinned food has a 'use by' date though  
Justme

Seabird wrote:
Can't see why tinned food has a 'use by' date though  


Cos they are not made as well as they used to be. IE tins were "tinned" inside & out to protect the metal from the food. Now its all done with a microscopicly thin plastic film.
lilwitedogs

Here, the dates are done so that stock is rotated on the store shelves.  It's also in case there is a need to recall an item for some reason,  say contamination of some sort.  If the date of manufacture is known, it's easier to track down the containers that need to be returned.

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