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Would you buy products after their best before date?

supermarket chain is to start selling food that is up to a month beyond its ‘best-before’ date in an attempt to reduce waste.

From today, shoppers at the Co-op’s 125 East of England stores will be able to buy a range of out of date products for just 10p.

It will include a large range of items including tinned goods, such as fruit and beans, dried food such as pasta and rice and packet goods including crisps, confectionery and cereal.

The scheme does not include any products with a ‘Use By’ date, including meat, fish and dairy.

It is the first time a major UK food retailer has begun selling food outside its best before date and it is thought others might follow.

It is also hoped the scheme might help educate consumers as to the different definitions of the confusing food safety labels.

What are your views? Would you be happy to buy a product once it has passed its ‘best before date’? Do you currently have items in your cupboard that have passed their BBD and will happily use them? Or are you quite strict about following the guidelines to the letter?

Would you buy products after their best before date?

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Speeednet
17 hours ago
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Sell by dates and use by dates IMHO are mainly for people that have no sense of smell. We never had them growing up and I can't ever remember of anybody being ill let alone dying because of eating "gone off" food. Nobody in our house takes any notice of them, we take something out of the fridge look at it and if necessary smell it, that is the extent of our investigation.
tonyb81
20 hours ago
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If it's canned why not.if it looks okay yes I would buy.
jillypoo
1 days ago
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I have just spent three years living in the Solomon Islands where most of the food is imported from Australia/New Zealand. We were lucky to buy something that wasn’t in date.
jillypoo
1 days ago
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Sorry meant to say was in date
Slackonovski
1 days ago
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Best before date instigated by some cranky European. One only has to look and smell the product before purchase! Mrs Beaton lives.
Rufus2000
4 days ago
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Waste not won’t not.
ecarg
5 days ago
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I'm sure they could donate it to food banks or soup kitchens,
Pam1960
7th Dec 2017
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I would buy tinned goods and some dried foods. I wouldn't purchase snacks as I have had crisps before which are a couple of months in date but have already started to go off. I think it is down to common sense.
creative
7th Dec 2017
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As commented on earlier post as long as you use common sense best before dates should be fine
viking
7th Dec 2017
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This is old hat !! Tesco have been doing this for years, and I have been a fan ever since it was first introduced by them.
Still alive and absolutely no health problems.
VeraS
7th Dec 2017
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Never had use by or sell by dates when I was young no the wonder there is food wastage!!!!
lizfid3
7th Dec 2017
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We never had sell by or use by dates when I was young. We didn't have fridges or freezers either. The look and smell of an item told us whether it was good or bad. We didn't stockpile food back then though. We bought what we needed and shopped more often thus reducing waste. It's a whole different world now.
Munsterlander
6th Dec 2017
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So long as I knew for sure they would not poison me. If its good value for money it would make sense.
SheilaD7
6th Dec 2017
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I would buy packet and tinned goods at reduced prices. They last for ages.

Fresh foods last well over their use buy date when kept in the fridge.
Alicia
6th Dec 2017
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No I do not need to, I like fresh food.
Bradalfie
6th Dec 2017
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JUST ATE SOME GRAPES 16 DAYS OVER THEIR BEST BEFORE DATE NO PROBLEMS
Cyberbabs1
6th Dec 2017
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I have a small tin of Cadburys cocoa powder dated April 2000. I only drink it occasionally and it is FINE !
Ryeanne
6th Dec 2017
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My cupboard often has products with an out of date 'best before' but I'm happy to eat it. Hate waste!
JamesS3
6th Dec 2017
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We have shops in Cornwall doing just that it is cheaper for families on small incomes and there are plenty of those here I hope the price charged is realistic not just 10p off like Coop normally does
Woottonm
6th Dec 2017
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Why not we used to use our common sense,

If it smelt alright and tasted alright we ate it nobody ever told us there was no such thing as best before dates.

Just common sense
GillH77
6th Dec 2017
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junebaker55
6th Dec 2017
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Years ago there was no use by date and if something had gone of it wouldn’t get used. Our eyes and nose were used to detect bad , stale or mouldy products.
CarolD57
6th Dec 2017
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yes I would by products out of date
phillip38
6th Dec 2017
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I see this as basic common sense, if it is tinned goods, then no problem, after all some foods produced during and before the last war were proven to be edible some ten years later and my mother once gave me Corned beef with a date she claimed was 1942 ,and this was in 1960, lord knows where she found that, I'm still alive and kicking so what more proof do I need?
As for dried food, I would check it for smell and any damage to packaging and probably give it a go, anyway at 73 what's to lose?
Nellbat
6th Dec 2017
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They have a sell-by or past-by date for a reason. Depends what it is I suppose but very wary of food freshness due to health issues.
NorfolkBroad
6th Dec 2017
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I never look at the date. If it looks good and smells good it is good enough to eat. As for things like cheese it's ridiculous to have any dates on them - Cheddar Cheese, for example, matures for a minimum of 6 months before it is even packaged and then sits in a depot warehouse for a further few months before being shipped to a store near you (and can mature for years if you like your cheese stronger!). Unfortunately the younger generation aren't being taught to use anything other than their eyes (to read the label); the majority no longer have cookery classes at school and parents are no longer passing on the wisdom they were taught - and so they throw everything away that is 'out of date' and then plead poverty and say they can't afford to feed their family. I don't think though that we can totally blame supermarkets and greed; they are complying with silly 'health and safety rules' and don't want to be sued.
Cymraes44
6th Dec 2017
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I already buy short date and out of date foods from Approved food and save lots of money!
Cathy21
6th Dec 2017
1
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Tinned tomatoes, corned beef yes. Red cabbage , some other green veg, potatoes if not sprouting, oranges and apples if firm, onions , veg I would check by feel and appearance. Never fish, chicken or any meat. Possibly not eggs unless using that day.
Mazlow
6th Dec 2017
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As a small grocery shopkeeper, we existed for 20 years on out of date stock!
VelH1
6th Dec 2017
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Why are there "best before" & "use by" dates now? Because some clever clogs realised they could be a fantastic money spinner.

When I was growing up we didn't have fridges or freezers, we had (inherited from our parents) common sense. Our veg used to come from the garden, not the supermarket. Our meat used to come from the butchers, not the supermarket. Fruit used to come from the greengrocers, not the supermarket. Most other items came from the local grocer, not the supermarket.

Yes, I do now shop in supermarkets, but I do miss the days when you knew who was serving you & they knew you. They didn't feel the need for "best before" or "use by" dates & neither did we. What we used was eyes, nose & tongue - look, smell & taste.

I have rice, flour, pasta, pulses & more in my larder & lots of the packets are past their due date. If anything starts spouting, I remove it to the food recycling bin. Until it does, it's welcome to stay.

Regarding fresh fruit & veg, I only buy what we need - I can always get some more when it's all gone. I do buy meat to freeze ignoring any dates , especially when it's on special offer.

My parents taught me well, for which I'm very, very grateful. We eat well & healthily & will continue to do so.
ChrisD5
6th Dec 2017
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We should try to do everything possible to reduce waste and it is unacceptable to throw food away when people are going hungry
Yodama
5th Dec 2017
5
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Seems as though I "dodged the bullet ," Brought up 5 kids who never suffered food poisoning. There were no out of date guidelines then, the "sniff test" was good enough. If it wasn't green, it was edible. I would buy for 10p.

There are communities -dumpster divers, who eat very well on groceries that are thrown out by supermarkets, all over the "sell by" date but still perfectly edible.

I ignore it anyway!.
CaroleAH
5th Dec 2017
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Absolutely apart from meat and fish but surely common-sense should prevail. How can rice, flour and pasta etc go "off"? I would actually prefer it if all the tins and packets of food with an expired 'best before date' were given to the local food banks but I think that there is some (probably EU) legislation which prevents them from accepting it.
ginntonic
5th Dec 2017
2
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I use the best before date as a guide, if it looks fine I will use it, especially fruit and veg. Before everything was wrapped in plastic we used our common sense with food.
Wilf
5th Dec 2017
4
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So long as its safe to eat we would definitely buy foodstuffs like this. Another idea would be to give it to those who need it most and have not got enough food anyway like some of our elderly struggling by on their state pensions-now that's a great idea!
Marley444
5th Dec 2017
2
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If I need the item and it's on my shopping list and I plan to consume it soon, then yes I would certainly bag a bargain!
kentrix39
5th Dec 2017
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The "best before " was introduced by the unelected EU Commissioners to keep prices up. That way the inefficient farmers of some EU countries were well subsidised
Lionel
5th Dec 2017
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Very true and what a disaster it's been for those less well provided for in our country. The tens of thousands of tons of food bulldozed into land fill because it's out of date or mis shaped. That is nothing sort of a criminal offence.
Jo Kingham
5th Dec 2017
2
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If it says use by I tend to do that - but may go over buy a day after all things don't automatically go off at midnight. I ignore best before. As long as it looks and smells OK then I will carry on and use it. I think its a brilliant idea to sell of this food instead of - I think some supermarkets also give it to charities - anything is better than just throwing it. I recently got some bioglan raw bites in my local poundstretcher for 15p a packet instead of £1.99 they are only made of dried fruit and nuts so what could go wrong and who doesn't love a bargain!! I hope ore supermarkets follow suit, stop the horrendous wastage and give us a bargain to boot!
MrsPat
5th Dec 2017
3
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I thought I read yesterday that the items of food will be 10p? Can that be correct? If it is then I for one would be buying these items. If they are fine to eat why pay more?

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