The expiration dates are at the origin of 20% of food waste, hence the interest of distinguishing DDM (date of minimum durability, the famous “to be consumed preferably before …”) and DLC (deadline consumption, or “to be consumed until …”).
Red meat: beef, horse …
White meat: chicken, poultry …
The cold cuts
Fruits and vegetables
Raw milk products
Powdered or dehydrated foods
It is possible to exceed the expiration date for a yogurt.
True. Stored at fridge, it stays good up to 3 weeks later.
Soft cheeses cannot be consumed beyond the shelf life.
True. Feta, mozzarella, ricotta … can be carriers of listeria.
Canned fish can be eaten even after expiration.
True. Canned foods of any kind remain intact for many years. We are just wary of swollen, dented or rusted boxes.
Frozen hamburger steaks can be 3 months past the date.
True. Never thawed, frozen foods remain edible for several months: 30 months for fruits and vegetables; 24 for breaded fish and ready meals; 12 for shellfish and 9 for minced meat. But no more than 3 for homemade dishes.
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