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#291600 - 01/10/19 08:42 AM Re: Clif Bars past their expiration date [Re: Phaedrus]
albusgrammaticus Offline
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Registered: 07/18/17
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Loc: Italy
Originally Posted By: Phaedrus
Yeah, in the US food generally is labeled with a 'best by' date, not an expiration date. That date s pretty arbitrary. I'm not a huge fan of Cliff Bars but I wouldn't hesitate to eat one a year or two past its date so long as the packaging was intact.


In Europe too most of the expiration dates are of the "best by" kind. IMHO, they are mainly a way for food producers to cover their backs in case of legal problems, and to push consumers to throw away perfectly edible food in order to buy new products.

Fortunately, steps have been teken recently by local governments to reduce such waste. Now many products could be sold past their "best by" dates at a discount, provided they are appropriately labelled, and in many regions products retired from the stores must be donated to local food banks.

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#291601 - 01/10/19 03:01 PM Re: Clif Bars past their expiration date [Re: albusgrammaticus]
Ian Offline
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 198
Loc: Scotland
Of use really only for us in the UK Approved Foods often sell short and past dated items but at super prices. They are also easy to deal with.

Approved Foods UK

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