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Old 13.05.2009, 13:57
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and resturants

One needs to be aware though that the salmonella bacteria develops much quicker if the eggs are kept at room temperature.

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Eggs don't need to be kept in the fridge - store pointy side down
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Old 13.05.2009, 14:14
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I mix butter with olive oil with a blender and store in the fridge. That way the butter is much softer and easier to spread (and healthier?).
I can't believe you're not Sutter.

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Old 13.05.2009, 14:16
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and resturants

I always thought that eggs should be kept in fridge because of salmonella, but at the same time the fridge can dry them out. And yet in the supermarket they are on a normal shelf.
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I always thought that eggs should be kept in fridge because of salmonella, but at the same time the fridge can dry them out. And yet in the supermarket they are on a normal shelf.
I saw a consumer programme a few months ago that said that salmonella had been almost eradicated in eggs in most of Europe. You just have to watch those eggs which are cheap imports which aren't monitored. I guess Swiss eggs are pretty safe.
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Old 13.05.2009, 14:19
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I can't believe you're not Sutter.

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Old 13.05.2009, 14:22
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I always thought that eggs should be kept in fridge because of salmonella, but at the same time the fridge can dry them out. And yet in the supermarket they are on a normal shelf.
http://www.deliaonline.com/ingredients/eggs,104,IN.html

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Food "Use By" dates.

Just looked in one of my food cupboards and discovered a pack of Hero Rösti buried at the back, dated 03 2010 (a whole year over date).

Now for me this doesn't represent too big of a problem - it's in a sealed foil package, the contents are predominantly potato (92%) and oil (+ a few other choice odds and sods) and were pasteurised for packing.

Whilst agreeing that highly perishable fresh foods obviously need to be dated for health reasons, I still question the need for every edible commodity to have a use by date - including canned and dried foodstuffs, which should last a very long time. With some products only the appearance can deteriorate with time (I'm sure the manufacturers' don't want their products to look too crappy) - but not the actual taste is changed.

I know this is EU legislation and imagine that CH either has similar or wants to conform to same standards as it's neighbours.

I'm intending on using this pack of Rösti for lunch today - unless anyone has any horror stories to share?

Any thoughts appreciated.

[If there are no replies in the next hour, and no further postings from me this afternoon, then you'll know it wasn't a good move].
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Old 31.03.2011, 10:12
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Re: Food "Use By" dates.

If the packet is still intact and doesn't look "iffy" from the outside then there really shouldn't be any problem.
Even sugar, salt and honey have "sell by" dates, which IMO is totally silly
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Just looked in one of my food cupboards and discovered a pack of Hero Rösti buried at the back, dated 03 2010 (a whole year over date).

Now for me this doesn't represent too big of a problem - it's in a sealed foil package, the contents are predominantly potato (92%) and oil (+ a few other choice odds and sods) and were pasteurised for packing.

Whilst agreeing that highly perishable fresh foods obviously need to be dated for health reasons, I still question the need for every edible commodity to have a use by date - including canned and dried foodstuffs, which should last a very long time. With some products only the appearance can deteriorate with time (I'm sure the manufacturers' don't want there products to look too crappy) - but not the actual taste is changed.

I know this is EU legislation and imagine that CH either has similar or wants to conform to same standards as it's neighbours.

I'm intending on using this pack of Rösti for lunch today - unless anyone has any horror stories to share?

Any thoughts appreciated.

[If there are no replies in the next hour, and no further postings from me this afternoon, then you'll know it wasn't a good move].
It's not always down to health reasons that food receives a "use by date" it can simply be because the manufacturers can't guarantee that the food will be in an acceptable edible condition, i.e. it could have gone mushy, lost its structure or gone dry and flaky or lost its colour or full taste depending on what the foodstuff is.

Chocolate, for example, is edible and won't give you a bad belly months after its "use by date" but it might have gone a bit waxy or lost its colour.

Environmental Health people will probably be popping a gasket reading that but I've survived into my 30s with only the odd dodgy tummy bug here and there - mainly caught from restaurants and hotels!
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