Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates: "OCTOBER 1, 2006

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By Pallavi Gogoi

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates
Since the spinach scare, food safety is foremost on the minds of grocery shoppers nationwide. Dates on labels? Here's what you need to know

The latest spinach food scare, which has claimed at least one life and sickened 183 other people, took many by surprise. After all, previous E. coli bacteria outbreaks were mostly associated with raw meat.

Nervous folks are peering more closely at dates stamped on the produce they buy from supermarkets. But how helpful are these dates really? Many of them are actually quite confusing. 'Is a food fresh until Feb. 1, 2008, if that's the date stamped on it, and then do you throw it out on Feb. 2?' asks Jeanne Goldberg, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University. 'It's a very inexact science since those dates include a wide margin of safety.'

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