Eating out of date food, according to some, is perfectly fine. Some say it’s an effective way of preventing waste and ensuring you get the best value for money from your shop. Others say that eating out of date food can make you seriously ill and pose significant health risks.
Eating out of date food – when is it OK?
For some food products, the best before date is there simply for reasons of taste. Eating it after this date simply means the food won’t taste as good. Whilst that can be disappointing, it won’t actually do you any physical harm.
Vegetables are a good example of this. For example, eating a carrot one day past its sell-by date is highly unlikely to do you any harm.
The complications surrounding expiry dates partly comes from the fact that they cover several different stages.
- Sell-by dates: This refers to the date when the store selling the product will get rid of it from the shelves.
- Best before date: This refers to the taste and quality of the product. It doesn’t necessarily mean that eating eats after this date represents a health risk.
- Use-by date: This refers to the last date before the product starts to spoil and turn bad. However, again it doesn’t always mean that the very next day it becomes a health risk.
Eating out of date food – when is it not OK?
Having said all of the above, eating some out of date foods can put you at serious risk of food poisoning. The severity of the symptom of food poisoning will vary according to the type, but common signs include:
- Stomach cramps
- Frequent vomiting
- Fever and dizziness
- Serious dehydration
- Persistent diarrhoea
As well as the various expiry dates, there are physical signs you can see on the food yourself. One such obvious indication that food is unsafe to eat is mould. Fungi spores land from the air onto food and start to grow. Some of them produce toxic substances. For example, nuts, celery, apples and other foods are susceptible to mycotoxins.
Of course, if you are eating out, you shouldn’t have to worry about your food being safe to eat. If you suffer food poisoning following a restaurant meal, you may be due food poisoning compensation.
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Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice