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Can you Ignore Those Best Before Dates?

Published: July 25, 2013

A simple misconception is responsible for millions of dollars of wasted food in households across North America.

At issue are those mysterious "best before" dates. It seems almost everyone is throwing out edible food once it reaches its best before date, assuming it's no longer safe to consume.

While it is an environmental concern - experts are anxious to turn this around with consumer education - it's also a question of dollars and cents. Throwing away good food is costing the average family hundreds of dollars a year.

In fact, there's wiggle room here: Most best before dates indicate that food may lose some flavor, freshness or nutritional value after that date. Not that it should be thrown out.

The answer: Try a sniff test. Chances are you'll taste the savings.

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