Shopper reveals how she got her hands on giant bags of KFC secret sauces for just $1 – but can you spot what’s wrong with her photos?
- A shopper found giant bags of KFC and McDonald’s sauces for $1 at charity shop
- Many were horrified when they noticed ‘best-before’ dates stamped on the bags
- McDonald’s El Maco’s date was March 16, 2021 while KFC’s was September 2020
- Best-before dates are commonly found on less perishable items such as sauces
- It’s typically safe to eat food past ‘best-before’ but never do so after ‘use-by’
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 left horrified when they noticed the ‘best-before’ dates stamped on the packaging.
The woman, from New South Wales, shared a picture showing McDonald’s El Maco sauce and KFC’s aioli mayonnaise on social media claiming she found the condiments at an op shop.
However, not everyone was convinced with her bargain finds after they quickly pointed out the El Maco’s best-before date was March 16, 2021 while KFC’s sauce was nine months past its 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 left horrified when they noticed the ‘best-before’ dates stamped on the packaging
Her Facebook post was met with ridicule, with one man joking: ‘It’s probably growing herbs and spices in the bags.’
‘I understand 2020 was a messed up year but come on,’ another said.
One wrote: ‘That s*** has eggs and milk in it, the “best before” date is there as in, like, “sure, my contents might only taste a little bad for a week or so after my date, but don’t go eating it eight months past me – I’m on this packet for a reason”.’
While one added: ‘The mayo is more than six months old. I would not eat that s***.’
But others were adamant the sauces can be consumed after the best-before date.
‘Six months out of date, I imagine like most long life sauces it was made well before that. I think you can get a year on the shelf with mayo,’ one suggested.
Another said: ‘Still good to eat. It legit says “best before”. If it was “used-by” then it wouldn’t be on the shelf,’ while one added: ‘Best-before dates aren’t the same as a use-by-date. You most likely have herbs/spices in your cupboard that are past the best-before date.’
However, not everyone was convinced with her bargain finds after they quickly pointed out the McDonald’s El Maco’s best-before date was March 16
Best-before dates are commonly found on less perishable items such as spreads, sauces and dried fruit, as well as dry staples including flour and pasta.
Last month, Australian Food Microbiology chief microbiologist Craig Andrew-Kabilafkas said true shelf-life of a product depends on where it was opened.
‘It’s totally different from kitchen to kitchen because the bacteria in household environments, and indeed in us as humans, is different,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
He described best-before dates as ‘reasonable estimates’ of how long food will retain its quality, but warned they are by no means definitive.
Shelf-life experts from consumer website EatByDate claim non-perishable foods can last anywhere up to two years past their ‘best-before’ date once opened, provided they are stored in the fridge.
Understanding the difference between ‘use-by’ and ‘best-before’
* Date marks give a guide to how long food can be kept before it begins to deteriorate or may become unsafe to eat.
* The two types of date marking are use by dates and best-before dates. The food supplier is responsible for placing a use by or best-before date on food.
* Foods that must be eaten before a certain time for health or safety reasons should be marked with a use by date.
* Foods should not be eaten after the use by date and can’t legally be sold after this date because they may pose a health or safety risk.
* Most foods have a best-before date. You can still eat foods for a while after the best-before date as they should be safe but they may have lost some quality.
* Foods that have a best-before date can legally be sold after that date provided the food is fit for human consumption.
* The only food that can have a different date mark on it is bread, which can be labelled with a baked on or baked for date if its shelf life is less than seven days.
* Foods that have a shelf life of two years or longer, e.g. some canned foods, do not need to be labelled with a best-before date. This is because it is difficult to give the consumer an accurate guide as to how long these foods will keep, as they may retain their quality for many years and are likely to be consumed well before they spoil.
Source: Food Standards