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SUMMER65
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3/11/08 4:18 A

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Wow that website was really helpful, I learned some things about expiration dates I didnt know and to think I was throwing out good food. Thanks for the info

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3/9/08 4:05 P

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Taking some prescription meds past their expiration date can be harmful, because you aren't getting full potency, therefore not getting full effect. When treating diseases, you really need the full effect of a prescribed medication. (ie - Infections, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) When you get a prescription filled, check the expiration date to be sure that all the medicine the pharmacist gave you will remain at full potency for the time prescribed.

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3/9/08 2:16 P

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Same with medicine... it doesn't spoil that day, but its potency will start to diminish, so you have a few good months yet, or longer. My dr said if it works, keep taking it (I have Advil thats getting on the old side, but it always takes care of my rare headache and I can't see spending that money to buy more).

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3/9/08 12:10 P

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I always check the meat dept for markdowns and love when I find the precut fruit trays at 9.99 instead of 14.99. As long as you use or freeze it before it goes bad it's a great deal!!!

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3/9/08 10:04 A

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Okay, so the question that crops up periodically is "are things safe after the expiration date?"

The answer is generally yes, because the expiration date is generally not an "expiration date", but an arbitrary date put on by the manufacturer to avoid customer complaints.

Basically, manufacturer do "open dating" which is where they put a date on it that is understandable by consumers to avoid complaints from customers. Some don't bother with "open dating" and just put a code only understandable to them.

So what does that mean? When you see something with a "sell-by date" of today the company put a date on there that they will hear no complaints for customers for people who purchase it on that date, and it was stored under somewhat close to normal conditions at the stores, warehouse, and consumers home.

The stuff does not magically deteriorate suddenly after a date, since the company makes millions of the items, some will go bad soon after the date, some will stay good for a long time after that date.

So how do I use this to my advantage: So I scored cottage cheese for 65 cents a tub, unopenned it will keep for up to a couple months in my refrigerator past the sell-by date. Towards the end of this timeframe I will be scrutinizing the containers as I open them, but without negative signs I will eat them.

So if you want to save money, you can buy stuff near the "expiration date" since it means very little scientifically, but it really matters to people who like to read them and so they mark down the prices a lot.

Here is a link to the department of AG website:
www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Food_Product
_Dating/index.asp


I do not recommend eating rotten food regardless of what the date on the package says.

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