'Use by' and 'best before' dates
So what's the difference between 'use by' and 'best before'? 'Use by' dates are displayed on fast-perishing products, to advise people of the dates within which they are safe to consume. The NHS Live Well website has this advice for consumers: "Don't use any food or drink after the end of the 'use by' date on the label, even if it looks and smells fine. This is because using it after this date could put your health at risk." 'Best before' dates refer more to the quality of a food product as opposed to safe consumption (except in the case of eggs).
Do you take notice of 'use by' dates or do you think they're a symptom of a modern paranoia? Let us know in the comments below...
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we are a predominately vegitarian family because of issues surrounding welfare and slaughter. I do not believe it is wrong to eat meat, there are plenty of carnivorous animals who do just that - we are part of the food chain, so I do not want to get into a debate on vegetarianism.
What I do believe, very strongly, is that if you are going to eat an animal you must take some responsibilty for it's life and it's death.
For this reason, we eat only wild, shot 'game' as we refuse to be a part of the culture which allows mass production, ie mass slaughter, for the sake of low prices. Our philosophy is that an animal which has led a free life, whose life is ended suddenly and with minimal stress or pain is more acceptable than anything that has met its end an an abbattoire. we also only eat meat once or twice a week.
That said, any regulations in place to improve animal welfare can only be good. The problem lies in policing the slaughter houses, but that is another debate. If you care about the animals you are eating, look out for these symbols. If you don't care - shame on you.
My big concern is regarding HALAL meat products. The meat is produced cheaply as the abbatoirs do not have to supply stunning measures. The animals have their throats slit whilst fully concious & take up to 20 minutes to die. Most of the lamb we eat is now from New Zealand which is because the majority of the slaughter houses are Muslim staffed due to the countries proximity to Asian areas. Many meat products on our supermarket shelves are now Halal produced as this method is so much cheaper. The Government should make it law that these products are clearly labelled as 'Halal'....Heartbreaking for anyone with a moral conscience
I want to buy products produced in this country, but that is not easy, so much is imported.
What about buying products grown or manufactured in the UK, and helping people in the UK?
I DO NOT want to eat anything containing GMO ingredients or consume products containing foods manufactured from ingredients obtained from animals that have been Fed on GMO Wheat! I also DO NOT want to buy sweets or any confectionary containing anything GMO however, after scouring Blackpool Town Centre Shops last week, all afternoon it was almost impossible!! 'Soy' one of 'THE BIG FOUR' ALONG WITH, Corn, Conola, & cottonseed is one of the most common genetically engineered ingredients & found in all Mars, Cadbuys, Nestle & most of the Big Brands Sweets, together with added Parabens which are linked to CANCER!! The only brand I found was Lindt Excellence Dark Noir, 70% Cocoa. I am Shocked & Furious as a Mother myself that consumers are NOT MADE MORE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OR SUSPECTED RISKS THEY GIVING THEIR CHILDREN WHEN BUYING THEM SWEETS, CAKES, & BISCUITS CONTAINING THESE INGREDIENTS, WHEN ALL THEY THINK THEY ARE DOING IS BUYING THEIR CHILD/CHILDREN A TREAT !! Me personally & I think & I am speaking on behalf of thosands of Mothers in this country, think this infomation should be broadcasted on Prime Time News, so at least then when shopping they can make a much more informed Choice of what they are putting in their childrens Mouths!!
Look up sodium benzoate on the internet, and read about how bad it is for you, yet it is in loads of drinks, there is a long list of benzoates, and they are all bad for you,
E numbers, to avoid
E210 Benzoic acid
E211 Sodium benzoate
E212 Potassium benzoate
E213 Calcium benzoate
E214 Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate or Ethyl para-hydroxybenzoate
E215 Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium salt or
sodium ethyl para-hydroxybenzoate
E216 Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate or Propyl para-hydroxybenzoate
E217 Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, sodium salt, or
sodium propyl para-hydroxybenzoate
E218 Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate or Methyl para-hydroxybenzoate
E219 Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate or sodium salt or
sodium methyl para-hydroxybenzoate.
E463 Hydroxypropyl cellulose
E464 Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose
I'm not so pretentious to care about fair trade. Keep and kill animals however you wish for me, use labour from the far east, just don't be so hypocritical about it. Not even Sport relief are using British manufacturing instead opting to outsource to the far east because labour is cheaper.
Fair Trade? Yeah, right!
The Co-operative ( "good with food" ) used to use that as a method of keep prices high, while thinking that the customer wouldn't see through this ploy. They even went as far as make a few documentaries featuring Chris Martin from Coldplay in an attempt to baffle us with more B-S.
There was nothing really fair about the Fair Trade nonsense.