Posted by: Sonja | 2008/11/03

Sell by date

I hope that you will able to help me, I cant seem to find any other place to ask this question...on most foods we have a sell by date, i would like to know how long after this date should one not use the food. Dry food eg custard powder. I am cleaning out my elderly aunts cupboards and i have found a lot of passed sell by date goodies in there... spices, tins etc.

Please advise.



Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageDietDoc

Dear Sonja
Strictly speaking the sell by date and the "best before date" are used to indicate how long a product can be stored without it: a) losing its taste, aroma, and texture, and b) going off. Dry goods can usually be kept for a long time without deterioration, but if you check the "best before date" on products like canned goods, etc, I would personally not use them if more than 6 months have elapsed after the given date. For example if the "Best before date" was January 2008, I would definitely discard the can or spices, etc now that it is November of 2008. I had a similar case the other day when I checked my cupboard and found a tin of condensed milk that was more than 6 months older than the sell by date. When I opened it, it had changed colour and the taste was certainly not as good as when one buys a fresh tin, so I emptied it down the drain.
Best regards

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Our users say:
Posted by: XYZ | 2008/11/04

I am also past my " best before date" . So I must jump the bridge!

Reply to XYZ

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.