I have just finished preserving the last of my garden food, it is all canned, jarred, or dried. Most of it will keep for a year or so, the stuff in jars will probably last even longer. Every now and then though one might go bad. I don’t however have to put ‘best-before’, or ‘use-by’ dates on anything that I have preserved. So when reading this article about ‘sell by dates’ being removed from food packaging in UK it did make me chuckle! Why is it that we as humans in the western world need informing when food is off and shouldn’t be eaten. I can tell straight away, the stuff stinks, or tastes like old sick.
‘Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman: “People are confused about food labelling” – who exactly is confused? What is there to be confused about? If it stinks and is not blue cheese chuck it. If it tastes of sick throw it away. No date is required. If shops sell you some crappy food take it back or even better don’t shop there again.
A loaf of bread in my local shop is 38p for fresh bread after 24 hours you can get it for half price. After another 24 hours it is sold as ‘dog bread’ for pennies. Not a single label in sight. Amazing. Bulgarians are obviously much more intelligent than British bods who would all poison themselves if not told exactly when food goes bad, or confused even when told. I know most people aren’t idiots, so why do we accept being treated like them.