Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkOther - Food & Drink · 1 month ago

who decided that food has to "expire"?

someone decided to print the expiration dates on foods, who decided that they have to go bad?

14 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    Those are not expiration dates they are 'best-by' dates. There is no such thing as an expiration date. Those dates are on there so that if your food isn't pristine fresh, and you want to call the company and bellyache about it, they can tell you that once the food is past the best-by date, freshness is not their worry anymore. That is all those dates are for~ to cover the manufacturer's a$$es and wallets if the food isn't fresh.

  • Nobody decided; it's a process of perishable food to go bad.  It's science.

  • CB
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The dates are NOT expiration dates, they are the date at which the company will no longer indemnify you if the product is not up to standards you were expecting. Nothing more nothing less. Most canned and dried products are good for years after the date. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    The dates are NOT when the food is spoiled. They are the dates that the food should be SOLD BY for the best taste or texture. And they are pretty much arbitrary, depending on what the company wants to do about selling MORE of the food. 

    You can nearly always ignore them. Food is BAD when it looks, smells or tastes bad. Not at some arbitrary date you find on the package. USE YOUR SENSES. That's what they're for. Surely you can tell when milk spoils or when something molds. 

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  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    No one 'Decided' that fresh foods Have to go bad, they just do. And as to who put the expiration labels, i think you can probably thank the FDA for that. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Food doesn't “expire” and doesn't have an “expiration date”. 

    Some foods have a “best before” date or a “use before” date. This was meant to help customers but ironically some of them are too stupid to understand.

  • Anton
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Food is not alive, and hence can never "expire."

    There is NO expiration date on any food.

    There are some foods with a sale by date.

    There are some foods with a "best by" date.

  • 1 month ago

    because they dont want people to eat stuff that spoiled

  • 1 month ago

    Dishonest marketing people of course.  It's a marketing strategy masquerading as a safety precaution.  They pretty much want you to throw away perfectly good food so you can buy more.  And people do.  It's a very dishonest strategy and has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with greed.

  • 1 month ago

    Those expiration dates are all always early. I tend to eat my food sometimes weeks after it "expires" because its actually FINE.

    Another case of the Govt trying to make you waste and buy more. Classic

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