Are you the kind of person who strictly follows the expiration dates on food? Or you do simply consider those “best if used by” dates to be a bit of a suggestion? In some cases, the date that says “Sell By” may not mean that you have to eat it by that time, but in other cases, you absolutely need to be sure that you do not eat food that has passed its expiration date. Other terms used by manufacturers and retailers may include “Best if Used By”, “Born On”, “Guaranteed Fresh”, or “Use By” dates.
Some items that have ‘best by’ dates, such as a can of soda or carbonated beverage, are not likely to hurt you if you consume them past the date. (At worst, they might not taste as good.) However, other items, such as fresh produce or dairy items will certainly cause more concern or questions. Let’s take a look at some food items that absolutely should not be eaten past the expiration date:
#1. Raw Meat
Poultry, red meat, and pork should all be eaten (or at least frozen) by the date on the package. Because some meat sold in grocery stores may already contain E. Coli, staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, or other bacteria (that is killed during the process of cooking), it is critical that you eat this meat quickly. The longer a meat stays in your refrigerator past its date, the more likely it is that the bacteria will be able to multiply and cause illness such as food poisoning.
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