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am I going comepletely insane, or am I right in thinking that the government are thinking about taking the 'best before' dates off of many foods??

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GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 18:25:24

and if so, does that mean that I can ignore all the dates, unless for obvious stuff like meat and fish etc??

please say yes, as I need hummus, and the only stuff I have 'ran out' 5 days ago, and I am too stressed to care so am eating it

<<or should that be hmm, and <<thud>> cos I have just commited food suicide??>>

StirlingTheStrong Fri 26-Jun-09 18:27:44

Have a look at THIS info about dates on food.

hocuspontas Fri 26-Jun-09 18:27:52

I hope not. That means there could be year old eggs on the shelf shock

hocuspontas Fri 26-Jun-09 18:28:34

Ha. Just read the link

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 18:32:30

ok, I may need to bid farewell as the hummus is actually a 'use by' date.............

<<clutches heart and groans, then remembers I am a ghost and therfore have no heart!>>

TigerFeet Fri 26-Jun-09 18:32:43

Anything with a Use By date should be stuck to, as the food has been tested and can be microbiologically unsafe after this date. If it has a Best Before or Best Before End date, it's OK to eat after that date as it's still safe but the quality might not be as good.

GhostOfPsycho, I'm afraid houmous falls under the Use By category... <<<stands well clear>>>

TigerFeet Fri 26-Jun-09 18:33:10

ooops, x post grin

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 18:33:33

<<clutches tummy>>

but I heard on the news, I was sure......

StirlingTheStrong Fri 26-Jun-09 18:40:51

But, if it helps, if it smelt ok, I would eat it grin

TigerFeet Fri 26-Jun-09 18:42:55

me too Stirling, and I have been

a) a Food Microbiologist
b) involved in setting the shelf life of foods whilst working in the chilled food industry


GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 18:46:39

well, smells fine, tastes fine, looks fine, and am not dead (yethmmwink)..........hopeful that I might have got away with it this time!!

i knew meat was a no-no, as was fish, but this is a dip.............surely it is worthy of being safer for a little longer??

TigerFeet Fri 26-Jun-09 18:51:11

Fraid not Psycho

And for once I actually know what I'm blethering on about... have worked for a company that produces chilled dips. I think a day or two would probably be OK but any more than that, I'd bin it tbh.

Unless it smells and looks okay of course winkgrin

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 18:58:30


until I read the 'smells ok and looks ok' bit

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 18:58:51

I will report tomorrow how I am faring.....

TigerFeet Fri 26-Jun-09 18:59:42

Usually, when they go off you can tell. By the enormous furry or yeasty colonies on them <blee>

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 19:00:50

ah, now I might have some sight probs, but furry islands or new life forming is one I can spotwinkgrin

DiamondHead Fri 26-Jun-09 19:03:02

A couple of weeks ago, I accidently ate them eggs that were three weeks past their use by date.

I live.grin

DiamondHead Fri 26-Jun-09 19:03:39

them = some.
It's Friday, I obviously need alcohol

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 19:04:42

lol diamond

I do find eggs are easy to spot if they are off, by account of the smell!!

EyeballsandherSunburntNorks Fri 26-Jun-09 19:06:44

Anyone eating hummus deserves to pop their clogs anyway, foul revolting stuff even when in date. Have cake, much better

<<hitches up mahoosive trousers>>

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 19:08:38

ahhh, but cake WOULD kill me on account of the milk allergy I have!!

hummus is a poor, but tasty substitutewink

EyeballsandherSunburntNorks Fri 26-Jun-09 19:17:19

Yeah yeah we know about the allergy just have, I don't know, a macaroon or something! Meringue. There you are. No milk

No excuse for dipping your pitta in cat puke.

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 19:19:57

<<glares at the unfeeling eyeballs>>


<<pokes the eyeball instead, much more satisfaction>>

<<evil cackle>>


EyeballsandherSunburntNorks Fri 26-Jun-09 19:30:23

<<smugly acknowledges advantage of huge arse and ample padding>>

<<waves milkshake in direction of ghosties>>

GhostOfPsychomum5 Fri 26-Jun-09 20:58:39

<<grumbles at eyeballs>>

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