The other day I was listening to NPR in the car and they had a in-depth segment about the sell-by dates on food. It was totally fascinating, so much so that by the time I had arrived at home, I sat in the car and listened to the rest of the story. It struck a chord since I am one of those moms who throws out anything and everything that has hit or surpassed the sell-by date, except for eggs, for some reason I always hang onto eggs for several weeks post date.
The big wake-up call for me was that the sell-by date is just that, a date for stores to use as a guide, it is simply their sell-by date. It’s not a “consume by” or a “use by” date.
I thought to myself, “wow, cool, I won’t have to throw out as much stuff and be a wasteful consumer.” And the wasting of food is a BIG issue. According to The Seattle Times, “Americans throw out as much as 40 percent of the country’s food supply each year.” Wow, just wow.
So, on the heels of the revelation that you needn’t throw out food once it hits the sell-by date comes news that, well, sometimes you do.
Kraft Foods Group Inc. is voluntarily recalling some of their Kraft and Polly-O string cheese – a staple snack for many a kid – because, as the Huffington Post reports, “they may spoil and change color before the expiration date on the packages.” The recall affects about 735,000 cases of the string cheese that were shipped all over the United States. The packages in question have a “Best When Used By” dates from Oct. 25 through Feb. 11..
According to the FDA, “Consumers who purchased any product listed above should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern).”
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