According to Dr. James Jay, a food biologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, most foods can be safely eaten beyond the expiration date without making a person sick. The exceptions to this are meats, poultry, fresh foods that are perishable and infant formula, which is regulated by the government.Know More
Dr. Jay claims that the general public misunderstands expiration dates. Food expiration dates are not about health safety. Instead, these dates help food manufacturers provide consumers with the best quality products.
Food producers and manufacturers are highly concerned over the quality of their product, but this has more to do with appearance and flavor than safety. According to Dan Charles of NPR, the use-by date indicates the level of deterioration of the food item as it pertains to taste and coloring, and the sell-by date exists to alert grocery stores when to clear a product off the shelves to prevent consumers from purchasing food that has lost some quality. Companies figure that consumers are less likely to buy products when they are not at their very best.
According to the Huffington Post, food becomes a health risk when dangerous bacteria contaminates it at some point during processing. This is why food that has not expired can still cause people to get sick. It is the bacteria that is the real culprit, which has nothing to do with expiration dates.Learn more about Food Spoilage
Orange juice lasts approximately one to two weeks past its expiration date when stored unopened in the refrigerator. Opened orange juice lasts between five and seven days in the refrigerator. Freshly squeezed orange juice lasts two to three days in the refrigerator.Full Answer >
An unopened box of JELL-O mix does not have an expiration date. and can be safety stored in the pantry for 3 to 4 months, according to Eat By Date. This time frame applies to both unflavored and flavored varieties.Full Answer >
While drinking milk that is very sour or chunky can result in food poisoning, milk that is starting to turn or is just after its expiry date is not likely to cause sickness. Children or those with weak immune systems are more at risk of food poisoning than healthy adults.Full Answer >
It is possible to become sick from eating spoiled chicken. Consuming spoiled chicken may cause symptoms of food poisoning, which include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Pregnant women, young children, older adults and those with weakened immune systems have a higher chance of serious complications from food poisoning.Full Answer >