The expiration date of pharmaceuticals specifies the date the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of a drug. Most medications continue to be effective and safe for a time after the expiration date. The study showed that about 90% of them were safe and effective as long as 15 years past their expiration dates. The others are send to Africa, for them everything is good with or without expired dates.
I should be dead since a long time with all what I had swallowed during 75 years, without looking at dates and all the added chemicals to the food !
Of course the reason for most expiration dates is not for you, the consumer, it's for the
manufacturer. You see, they put those expiration dates on the cans, boxes, bottles and jars for one reason only: to make money!
There are really some strange dates for example an expiration date for your child's seat (and when you have used it only 5 times ??)
Rice, beans, peas, lentils are supposed to remain consumable for ages, suddenly they don't last more then a year ! And the sailors in the past who crossed the ocean before fridge and microwave what did they eat ? My great, great, great (I really don't know who many greats I should put) grand uncle when he immigrated to New York had to take beans, peas and lentils along, because the crossing of the ocean lasted 6 month !
Anyway I use the good old method, I put my nose in the product and smell. If it smells good then I eat it, if not I throw it away.
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