doesn’t mean the food is bad afterwards, just that, well it isn’t at it’s freshest. Uh huh, and I will vote for Stephen Harper as long as he is running for office, because he is just mis understood, and his lies and deceit are okay, because well gee, he’s Stephen Harper.
Just how stupid is stupid? I mean if you read the story, you would think that these companies spend a small fortune on the labels simply to let us know, that we should consume the product by this particular date, if we want the full flavor, but that we can still enjoy it afterwards, because well, it’s okay, just not fresh.
Sort of like the saying, to never point a loaded gun at a person, unless you are intending to shoot them, now really means that you shouldn’t point a loaded gun at a person, or at least not at anything that will instantly kill them, like the heart. In other words, aim for the leg or arm.
And just who is telling us that the food is safe to eat after this ‘best before date’? Why the very people who brought you Self Regulation, whose sole aim is to make money, not worry about your health, your safety. It is simply an advertising gimmick, to make us feel better, to let us know when the item is at its optimum level of tastiness.
The idea that the Corporate World is concerned about our health, our well being is like actually believing that George Bush was the greatest American President in the history of the USA. Corporations have one goal, to make money. They are trying to skate from their responsibility, by allowing their unsafe products to be sold, after its any good.
Now, I am not rich, can’t really afford to toss perfectly good food out of the fridge, but I’ll be damned if I’ll let stuff stick around, after the ‘best before date’ has expired. Food may not smell bad, when its tainted, which is why certain things have to have an expiry date on them. Pork is one of them, as are milk products.
Yes, the economy is bad, and yes, money is tight, but you know, I may have a jar of mayo in the fridge, may have past its expiry date, and I sure do like mayo on my sandwhiches, but if that is all I got, I WILL DO WITHOUT MAYO ON THE BREAD.
I kind of don’t want to have stomach cramps, certainly don’t want to have to go to hospital, or pay the ultimate price for needing Mayo on my bread, and kick the bucket.
I simply no longer understand how our world, our society, works. For me, it is simple. If an item is good and won’t spoil by this particular date, when that date has come & gone, the product should have been consumed, or disposed of. It really is that simple, and yes, it can be costly.
However, the notion that we can extend the life of a product, without worry, because it was kept in the fridge, is stupid. If we can’t remember when we bought the stuff, or last used it, how are we certain it wasn’t left out for too long? How do we even know if our refrigerator is operating at the proper temperature?
Do you know what temperature your refrigerator has maintained over the last 24 hours?
I believe, that it is the role of GOVERNMENT, not business, to determine the safety of goods sold to us, the people. I can’t test every item on a store shelf, and I need to know that certain sanitary conditions are met. How am I going to know if the Maple Leaf plant in Toronto is washing its equipment properly? BECAUSE THEY SAY SO?
Yes, Government has gotten big, but that doesn’t mean we reduce it, in areas where it is most needed. Food safety should be a priority, and not left up to plant managers, store managers, or the stock boy in the grocery store.
Maybe I watch too much television, but ever notice how in those crime shows, when they are establishing the time of death, at how refrigeration or cold temperatures, makes things difficult to pin down? Now, it also makes me wonder, does having something in the refrigerator also mask the foul odor of rotting food?
I suppose what really galls me, is that now this article explains how the ‘best before date’ really isn’t about whether the food item is good or bad, when that date has passed. Which leads me to the question, WHY IS IT THERE THEN?
Labels need to be there, and mean something. If a label says Made in Canada, it should MEAN JUST THAT, NOT THAT THE LABEL IS MADE IN CANADA AND THE PRODUCT IS MADE IN 100 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
It is one thing to label a sweater, and it not be totally accurate. BUT FOOD?
Kind of makes you wonder, if perhaps this type of attitude, or information, is simply a way for the big corporations to no longer be held responsible, for selling us tainted & unsafe products?
Perhaps this is how they plan to shift the burden to the consumer?
No, I am not a conspiracy nut, but you know, the way Big Business has operated under Bush, Harper, it does sometimes make you wonder, at how they can sleep at night. I am all for profits, but I think we need to consider, just what is sacrificed to make some of those profits.