MSE Poll: Do you eat food past its best-before date?

Former_MSE_Karl Former MSE Posts: 175
10 Posts I've been Money Tipped! Newshound! Best Buy Bear
Poll started 9 October 2018
This week Tesco announced it is removing best-before dates from over 100 fruit and vegetable products in an effort to reduce waste.

So when you find food at home past its best-before date, what do you do?
Did you vote? Are you surprised at the results so far? Have your say below. To see the results from last time, click here.

If you haven't already, join the forum to reply.

Thanks! :)



  • decbel
    decbel Posts: 2,804 Forumite
    I'll eat more or less anything.

    Dates don't bother me.

    Packet meat could be an exception but not tinned.
  • Tarry
    Tarry Forumite Posts: 11,195 Forumite
    Fruit and veg never needs it
    The Very Right Honourable Lady Tarry of the Alphabetty thread
    -I just love finding bargains and saving money
    I love to travel as much as I can when I can
    Life has a way to test you, it's how you deal with this that matters
  • PasturesNew
    PasturesNew Forumite Posts: 70,698
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Best before means nothing to me except a good chance to grab a reduced price item.

    There are many things still good weeks past their best before date.... and I eat them.
  • Marvel1
    Marvel1 Forumite Posts: 6,995
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    I'm eating protein bars now that had a best before April 2018, nice too.
  • Owain_Moneysaver
    Owain_Moneysaver Forumite Posts: 11,346
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    MSE_Karl wrote: »
    This week Tesco announced it is removing best-before dates from over 100 fruit and vegetable products in an effort to [STRIKE]reduce waste.[/STRIKE]

    make more money.

    The only fresh food I buy is reduced by at least 50% for quick sale. If it wasn't for that I'd be living out of tins.

    Actually, I wouldn't because I couldn't afford a tin every day.

    Dates don't matter much once it's in the freezer.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
  • doniblade
    doniblade Forumite Posts: 1 Newbie
    BBE dates are a nonsense.

    I have several store cupboard items that are over 5 years past their BBE and I still use them.

    I think yoghurt is the best case in point regarding fresh items. These can be used weeks past their BBE.
  • Afourteen
    Afourteen Forumite Posts: 90
    Fifth Anniversary 10 Posts
    I'd much prefer to see 'Packed' or delivery dates displayed. Best before dates are just a money wasting unnecessary item.
  • Paul_DNAP
    Paul_DNAP Forumite Posts: 751
    500 Posts Second Anniversary Photogenic Rampant Recycler
    There isn't really an option for "I make sure I use stuff before the dates", but if I do go past the date then it's in the bin, I really don't know how to judge stuff otherwise.
    (Although I could be wrong, I often am.)
  • hanny2204
    hanny2204 Forumite Posts: 1 Newbie
    eat anything and everything, unless its obviously off or mouldy!
  • Askalick
    Askalick Forumite Posts: 2 Newbie
    Many people don't seem to comprehend the difference between 'Best Before' dates and 'Use By' dates. They can be paranoid and discard everything because "it is past it's date". I had a previous general manager like this - she over-ruled the kitchen manager. The wastage was terrible, perfectly good, unopened packs of fruit and veg had to be binned at closing time on a Friday. Next delivery on Monday morning would have the same dated items. We learnt to unpack everything and discard the packaging so there was no date to check.
This discussion has been closed.
Meet your Ambassadors


  • All Categories
  • 340.1K Banking & Borrowing
  • 249.1K Reduce Debt & Boost Income
  • 448.3K Spending & Discounts
  • 231.9K Work, Benefits & Business
  • 603K Mortgages, Homes & Bills
  • 171.6K Life & Family
  • 245.1K Travel & Transport
  • 1.5M Hobbies & Leisure
  • 15.8K Discuss & Feedback
  • 15.1K Coronavirus Support Boards