Shopper Reveals How She Got Her Hands On Giant Bags Of Secret KFC Sauces For Just $1, But Can You See What’s Wrong With Her Photos?
- A shopper found giant bags of KFC and McDonald’s sauces for $1 in a charity shop
- Many were shocked to see the best-before date stamped on the bags
- McDonald’s El Maco’s date was March 16, 2021 while KFC’s was September 2020
- Expiration dates are often found on less perishable products such as sauces
- It is generally safe to eat food after the expiration date, but never after the expiration date
A shopper was thrilled to find giant bags of KFC and McDonald’s secret sauces in a charity shop for just $1 — but many were shocked to see the expiration date on the package.
The woman, from New South Wales, shared a photo of McDonald’s El Maco sauce and KFC’s aioli mayonnaise on social media, claiming she found the condiments in a store.
However, not everyone was convinced of her bargain finds after they were quick to point out that El Maco’s best-before date was March 16, 2021, while KFC’s sauce was nine months past its expiration date.
A shopper couldn’t believe her luck when she found giant bags of KFC and McDonald’s secret sauces at a charity store for just $1 – but many were shocked to see the expiration date on the package
Her Facebook post was ridiculed, with one man joking, “Probably there are herbs and spices growing in the bags.”
“I understand 2020 was a wasted year, but come on,” said another.
One wrote: ‘That s*** has eggs and milk in it, the ‘expiry date’ is there as in, like, ‘of course, my content might only taste a little bad for a week or so after my date, but eat it not eight months after me – I’m on this pack for a reason”.’
While someone added: ‘The mayo is over six months old. I wouldn’t eat that crap.’
But others were adamant that the sauces can be consumed after the expiration date.
‘Six months past its expiration date, I imagine it, like most long-life sauces, was made well before that. I think you can get a year on the shelf with mayo,” someone suggested.
Another said: ‘Still good to eat. It legitimately says “best before”. If it was “useful”, it wouldn’t be on the shelf,” while one added: “Expiration date is not the same as an expiration date. You probably have herbs/spices in your cupboard that have expired.’
However, not everyone was convinced of her bargain finds after they quickly pointed out the expiration date of McDonald’s El Maco on March 16.
Best before dates are often found on less perishable products such as spreads, sauces and dried fruit, as well as on dry staples such as flour and pasta.
Last month, Craig Andrew-Kabilafkas, Australian Food Microbiology’s chief microbiologist, said a product’s actual shelf life depends on where it’s opened.
“It’s totally different from kitchen to kitchen because the bacteria in domestic environments, and indeed in us as humans, are different,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.
He described the expiration dates as “reasonable estimates” of how long food will retain its quality, but cautioned that they are by no means definitive.
Consumer website shelf life experts EatByDate claim that non-perishable foods can last up to two years past their expiration date once opened, provided they are kept in the refrigerator.
Understanding the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’
* Date marks indicate how long food can be stored before it starts to spoil or becomes unsafe to eat.
* The two types of date marks are use dates and expiration dates. The food supplier is responsible for placing an ‘use by’ or ‘use by’ date on food.
* Foods that must be eaten for a certain amount of time for health or safety reasons should be marked with an expiration date.
*Foods should not be eaten after the use-by date and should not be legally sold after this date as they may pose a health or safety hazard.
* Most foods have an expiration date. You can still eat for a while after the expiration date, as it should be safe, but they may have lost some quality.
* Foods with an expiration date may be legally sold after that date, provided the food is fit for human consumption.
* The only food that can have a different date marking is bread, which may be labeled with a use or bake date if the shelf life is less than seven days.
* Foods that have a shelf life of two years or more, such as some preserves, do not need to be labeled with an expiration date. The reason for this is that it is difficult to give consumers an accurate indication of the shelf life of these foods, as they can retain their quality for many years and are likely to be consumed for a long time before spoiling.
Source: Food Standards