Can expired food stuff be eaten?

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Can expired food stuff be eaten?

Postby Bedokid » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:53 pm

Just curious to know whether expired food stuff really can be eaten? I remembered one of my friend who is working in a supermarket told me that actually expired food stuff can be eaten provided they are not very long overdue. Anyone here to comment????? :? :? :?

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Postby Jennifer » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:59 pm

I hv eaten expired Marmite (kept in the fridge all along, no weird smell/taste) and drank expired bottle of essence of chicken. Maybe I was lucky in both instances, no issue.

Will not drink expired fresh milk (tried once, yucky sourish taste) or eat expired fresh produce.

Even my fresh meat/fish/veg, I dun keep for more than 3 days.

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Postby Bedokid » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:04 pm

Jennifer wrote:I hv eaten expired Marmite (kept in the fridge all along, no weird smell/taste) and drank expired bottle of essence of chicken. Maybe I was lucky in both instances, no issue.

Will not drink expired fresh milk (tried once, yucky sourish taste) or eat expired fresh produce.

Even my fresh meat/fish/veg, I dun keep for more than 3 days.


What about just expired milk powder? For fresh produce, if I dun eat normally I will freeze them till I cook.....

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Postby peterch » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:35 pm

Actually, expiry date stated on packaging is for safety measure. We never know when is the 'real' expiry date. Some product could be consumed not more than 6 months from expiry date. Some even gone bad before the expiry date. (maybe due to storage condition)

For myself, I would prefer to compare prod date (if available) with expiry date. Don't choose those with almost reach expiry date. :D

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Postby cherrygal » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:17 am

Unexpired medicines lose their efficacy when opened for more than 6 months. It's not just the expiry dates that matter. It's how you store the food and how long you have opened it. Bread can last very long in the freezer but only 5 days outside. Chilled Tofu sometimes can't even survive past their expiry dates.

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Postby Jennifer » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:16 am

Bedokid wrote:
Jennifer wrote:I hv eaten expired Marmite (kept in the fridge all along, no weird smell/taste) and drank expired bottle of essence of chicken. Maybe I was lucky in both instances, no issue.

Will not drink expired fresh milk (tried once, yucky sourish taste) or eat expired fresh produce.

Even my fresh meat/fish/veg, I dun keep for more than 3 days.


What about just expired milk powder? For fresh produce, if I dun eat normally I will freeze them till I cook.....


Hv not tried expired milk powder yet. We usu. could finish before the printed expiry date.

I normally buy enough fresh produce for 3 days cooking.

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Postby starlight1968sg » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:54 am

Some bread (eg from G), though past their expired date, I still eat them since I did not see any obvious mould growing.

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Postby jtoh » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:07 am

starlight1968sg wrote:Some bread (eg from G), though past their expired date, I still eat them since I did not see any obvious mould growing.


Usually these breads contain some preservatives so they last some time without mould. My friend's kid did a science experiment trying to grow mould on bread. Unsuccessful on Gardenia bread, despite all the necessary conditions of moisture, warmth etc.

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Postby mommyNg » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:22 am

jtoh wrote:
starlight1968sg wrote:Some bread (eg from G), though past their expired date, I still eat them since I did not see any obvious mould growing.


Usually these breads contain some preservatives so they last some time without mould. My friend's kid did a science experiment trying to grow mould on bread. Unsuccessful on Gardenia bread, despite all the necessary conditions of moisture, warmth etc.


I had bad experience with Bonjour Milk Bread. Mould was growing one day BEFORE the expired date! So sad, had to throw away many pieces of bread.. :(. Perhaps the loaf of bread was put near the microwave oven - but then again we seldom use the microwave oven.. Perhaps ur fren's kid can redo the exp using Bonjour milk bread! :P

Maybe that means Bonjour bread is better than Gardenia bread cos' less preservative?

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Re: Can expired food stuff be eaten?

Postby LKVM » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:34 am

Bedokid wrote:Just curious to know whether expired food stuff really can be eaten? I remembered one of my friend who is working in a supermarket told me that actually expired food stuff can be eaten provided they are not very long overdue. Anyone here to comment????? :? :? :?


It depends upon the type of the product... if its fresh products better not to consume... however if its packed prodcuts you may use it for maybe another 1-2 months depending upon the product again...
I wouldnt dare to use medicines though after the expiry :P

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