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Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best? 26 May 2018 11:45 #7973

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Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best?
Tesco is to stop using date stamps on own-brand produce. Which fruit and veg improves with age and which loses most nutrients?


Nicola Davis; @NicolaKSDavis
Fri 25 May 2018 13.06 BST

Best-before dates have expired, at least for fruit and vegetables. This week Tesco revealed it is to stop using the date stamps on in an attempt to tackle food waste. But is older produce as good for you as fresher stuff?

Many nutrients, including certain vitamins in fresh produce, are unstable and levels drop after items are harvested. “Micronutrients start to reduce from the moment [produce] is cut, which is why frozen peas are actually better than canned or fresh, as they are frozen soon after picking,” said Adam Hardgrave, a food safety expert from the Food Standards Agency’s foodborne disease control team.

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www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/25/times-up-for-best-before-dates-in-move-to-tackle-food-waste
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Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best? 29 May 2018 14:14 #8125

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One point thou Paul_UB40, do you know the difference between "Use By" & "Best Before" Dates, as I get confused by this? :S
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Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best? 29 May 2018 16:20 #8137

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El-dudeareno wrote:
One point thou Paul_UB40, do you know the difference between "Use By" & "Best Before" Dates, as I get confused by this? :S

I Ignore Both, if its got a big "Reduced" Label I buy it. :)
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Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best? 30 May 2018 12:52 #8167

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And me to Paul_UB40, and I stick it in the freezer( if the food freeze's) ;) . Not sure about scraping the mould off the bread thou, still it saves me going to the chemist for Penicillin.... :pinch:

To add another point here, I am not sure how long you can keep food in the freezer after it has gone past its 'date'. Mind you I have had frozen-food 3 x months past the use by date, and still here to tell the tale. And yet I have had some doggy Kebab made fresh from the local takeaway and had a upset stomach :sick: .
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Time's up for best-before dates. Which fresh foods keep best? 30 May 2018 13:34 #8168

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A Lot depends on Storage; Tin Food will keep Years in a Cool, Dry place, Lentils, Pasta, and such like around a year, must be kept Rodent & Insect proof.
Frozen food, I have happily eaten up to about a Year old.
I try and keep 6 Months food in Hand, (rotated) incase of a "National Emergency" And who knows when that may hit, In this day and age.
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