This is how to tell if food is safe to eat after its ‘Best Before’ date

Rob Waugh
Contributor
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Most of us throw away an extraordinary amount of food when it’s still good to eat – so much, in fact, that 40% of our food is thrown away.

A new video from the American Chemical Society explores which foods are actually safe to eat – and which aren’t.

One of the big problems, according to the ACS, is ‘Best Before’ dates.

The ACS says, ‘The term expiry date is misleading – it’s a suggestion about whether a food is at peak quality or not.’

It can often be safely ignored – except with certain ‘danger’ foods such as cooked meats and infant formula.

In particular, vegetables and fruits are often safe long after the Best Before date.

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Brown fruit in particular is often safe – and sometimes sweeter. .

The ACS says, ‘Unless you see mould on it, or its slimy, it’s probably OK to eat.’

The ACS recommends an app – Foodkeeper – for Android and iOS, which offers tips on how long you can keep various foods, using information from Cornell experts.