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Food colour year out of date. Is it ok to use?

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tortoise Thu 09-Oct-08 22:40:58

The food colour i need to use is nearly a year out of date. Is it ok to use?
(Some went out in 2000! Keeping those for play dough!)

Anifrangapani Thu 09-Oct-08 22:42:34

Use it on a kids birthday cake first.... if they don't start gasping for breath or vomitting violently then it is OK to use grin

shoofly Thu 09-Oct-08 22:43:26

have used mine 2 years out of date - was fine You use so little of it anyway.

tortoise Thu 09-Oct-08 22:43:43

It is for DS2's cake!
There is to be no vomit in this house! grin

tortoise Thu 09-Oct-08 22:44:03

Thanks shoofly.

KerryMumchingOnEyeballs Thu 09-Oct-08 22:46:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lilolilmanchester Thu 09-Oct-08 22:54:33

I would use it if it smells ok and would probably taste a tiny bit to make sure it's not more rank than the usual food colouring taste/smell.

My Mum had the same bottle of cochineal for most of the time I lived at home for the rare occasion she made pink fairy cakes. Seriously.

ivykaty44 Thu 09-Oct-08 22:56:30

I found packet soup from 1974 - it didn't have a use by date, they hadn't been invented back then grin Gpo on use it

DumbledoresGirl Thu 09-Oct-08 22:58:12

My children regularly have a giggle at spices and other dried ingredients I have which pre-date them (born in 1996 and 1997!) We have never checked the food colouring dates but I don't remember buying them more than once.

tortoise Thu 09-Oct-08 23:04:21

Well i have used it! Can avoid eating that part of the cake if need be! grin

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