Expiration date exceeded? We help you) know which expired foods can still be eaten… or not!
DLC, DDM, DDM+, what difference(s)?
- The expiry date (DLCs) is indicated on products that may present a health risk once their deadline has passed: meat, fish, etc.
- The date of minimum durability (MDD) is present on foods that pose no health risk after their expiry date has passed.
- The date of minimum durability + (MDD+) defines a period during which a product can be sold and consumed in complete safety once the date of minimum durability has passed.
How to identify MDD+ products?
If the law authorizes the sale of food products whose minimum durability date (DDM) has passed, it requires that this information be clearly displayed! Thus, if the MDD of a product on sale is exceeded, the consumer must be informed: the product must have a clearly visible indication – such as a sticker – and clear information as to how long it can still be consumed.
How do you know if you can eat a product whose use-by date has passed?
We do not take risks with products displaying a DLC. On the other hand, as regards products with an MDD, even once this has been exceeded, they do not present no health risk. Only their quality can be affected. Before consuming a product whose MDD is exceeded, it is recommended to trust your senses; we trust the mantra “observe, smell, taste” to – possibly – locate something abnormal. Nothing unusual? We can eat without fear.
How to properly store foods at DDM+?
Depending on the product category, a product can be kept for 6 to 360 days beyond the MDD indicated! A great way to fight food waste.
products to consume up to 360 days after DDM :
- Flour: store it away from light, in a dry place and at room temperature, in a tightly closed container.
- Pasta and rice: stored away from light, in a dry place, in a tightly closed container.
- Tea and coffee: stored away from light, dry and cool or at room temperature
- Sugar: stored away from light, in a dry place.
- Chocolate and confectionery: stored away from light, in a dry place, at temperature and tightly closed.
Products to consume up to 120 days after DDM:
- Cereals and rusks: stored dry and in an airtight container.
- Non-refrigerated drinks (lemonade, water, etc.): stored dry and away from light, cool or at room temperature.
- Fats and oils: stored away from light and at room temperature.
- Cans, jars: stored in a cool place or at room temperature, closed, dry and protected from light.
Products to consume up to 30 days after DDM:
- Refrigerated beverages: stored cool.
- UHT milk, butter, hard cheese: unopened, refrigerated.
Products to consume up to 15 days after DDM:
- Yogurts, fresh and soft cheese
- Pre-packaged bakery products: protected from light, dry, at room temperature.
- Cooked eggs: chilled
Source: Food tips & tricks, foodwaste.ch
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