Expiration Dates Don’t Mean What You Think

Expiration dates tell you when food tastes best, not when it isn't safe.
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[music]. what the eggs sell by yesterday orange . juice best buy two days ago . yogurt used by last week well now i have . to get rid of all this food if i don't . someone could get sick no you don't best . buy used buy sell buy contrary to . popular belief. none of these dates actually tells you . when food stops being safe to eat. in fact food can still be good way past . the date on the label according to food . safety experts eggs can be eaten three . to five weeks past the sell-by dates . fell by dates all right yo and the usda . says canned and dried foods can be safe . indefinitely oh i won't go bad for years . and the food isn't handled properly it . can actually go bad before the date on . the label even something as simple as . leaving it out on the counter too long . or setting your fridge at the wrong. temperature can catch shelf-life shorts . so hot in here. i think i'm hunk o and babe oh at the . end of the day these dates just don't . tell you that much . instead you need to check your food for . signs of spoilage like changes in smell . color or texture oh okay well then this . milk is definitely bad milk you can . still drink me oh yeah milk is a really . neat exception even after its spoils . it's still totally safe to drink oh wait . what stopped me you're gonna get sick . nope milk is pasteurized which means any . harmful bacteria was removed long before . it hit the shelves even though it might . not taste great the safety risk of . drinking spoiled milk are virtually zero . hey i get it i get it but if the date . doesn't say when the food's safe to eat . why does the federal government put it . there. hate to break it to you they don't we . all assume that these labels are some . kind of big government safety regulation . but with the exception of baby food the . federal government actually doesn't . required a labeling of any kinds the . citizens of this great nation have the . inalienable right. each five-year-old mayonnaise if they . want for this is america. instead it's all left up to the states . and every state has their own rules . in fact nine states have no date . labeling regulations at all well who . does put the dates on the food it seems . like they don't tell us anything at all . oh no they do tell you one thing when . the manufacturer thinks their food . tastes the best what here at hull co we . use cutting-edge food science to . determine the exact best buy and use by . date at which our food is the most snack . tabulous pretty good pretty good garbage . you mean dated boys but that foods not . dangerous and he just said it still . tasted good not good enough . we need our customers eating our food at . maximum crunchy two-door they might buy . something else and hey if they think . they have to throw it away sooner and . buy more but that's wasting food that's. right melinda and it's a major problem . melinda this is dana gondor's she's a . senior scientist at the natural . resources defense council and a . co-author of a major 2013 harvard report . detailing the massive problem with these . dates americans trash over 160 billion . pounds of perfectly good food every year . roughly 40% of our food supply is thrown . out and these confusing dates are a huge . factor one survey found that 83% of . americans have prematurely thrown out . food based on the sell-by date but that . date isn't even meant for consumers it . just tells stores want to turn over . their inventory wait sell by today so i . bought this today oh well this is . ridiculous someone should do something. well some leaders in the grocery . industry are pushing for clearer simpler . labels but until there's a nationally . mandated system their recommendations . are just voluntary and the worst part is . we're trashing all this perfectly good . food while millions are going hungry . whoa that one's alive all this has got . to go. hey adam here if you like that be sure. to watch all new episodes of adam ruins . everything every tuesday at 10:00 on . trutv. .
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