Food Facts Roundup #1

At Star Foods, we frequently find information that is relevant to both our business and yours. The food industry is constantly changing, and we want to keep our customers up-to-date on the latest food safety news.

Here are just a few pieces that we’ve been talking about lately:

FDA: Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date?

“With the exception of infant formula, the laws that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administers do not preclude the sale of food that is past the expiration date indicated on the label. FDA does not require food firms to place “expired by”, “use by” or “best before” dates on food products. This information is entirely at the discretion of the manufacturer.”

ABC: A Look Inside Boston’s New ‘Expired’ Food Supermarket

“[The Daily Table has] produce donated to from suppliers that have excess product at the end of the day…. and in some cases purchase the product that others aren’t willing to. Many grocers won’t accept packaged food less than six months away from its expiration date, but Daily Table will, and at a much lower price since no one else is willing to buy it.

Despite accepting food others won’t, Daily Table is not endangering anyone. Expiration dates are not federally mandated, but each state does have its own requirements, and Daily Table does not break any state’s laws.”

NPR: Don’t Fear That Expired Food

“John Ruff, president of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago, says the companies that sell this food take a look at [National Food Lab] grades and decide where they will draw the line, to protect the reputation of their products.

‘If the product was designed, let’s say, to be a 7 when it was fresh, you may choose that at 6.2, it’s gotten to the point where [you] don’t want it to be on the market anymore,” he says.

“If it’s 6.0, would most people still find it reasonably good? Absolutely,” he says. “But companies want people to taste their products as best they can at the optimum, because that’s how they maintain their business and their market shares.’ “