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Old 06-04-2008, 02:09 PM   #1
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Before I poison myself!!!

Brussells Pate with a use by date of 31 May? Safe to eat or not? It's a supermakets own brand. (have already eaten two crackers with some on and it tastes fine!)

Help!!!!

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Old 06-04-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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If it smells ok it probably is. Those dates are a "go by", not the law. Your nose knows.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:02 PM   #3
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Yah, the dates on commercial products are very conservative for the most part, as long as it has not been previously opened. I agree, go by the nose.
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Even if it has been opened but properly wrapped it could still be ok. BTW, how long HAVE you had it open? That might be a good question to ask here!
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:30 PM   #5
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Just opened tonight and was munching my way through the second cracker when i looked at the date! Bought it last saturday week!
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:44 PM   #6
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Wait.....what year?
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:51 PM   #7
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Yeah Yeah! Half way through it now so hope its 2008, although my sight is going a bit wonky with the food poisoning!
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:55 PM   #8
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Well we will know tomorrow if you show up here or not.

Seriously though, like KE said, those dates are not law. they have no way of knowing ahead of time how long something will last to the day. Use your nose and tongue. If it was bad you would have known it already.
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Hee Hee! Yes, definitely test with your tongue to see if it is poisonous or not. Seriously though, "spoilage" is noticeable, but botulism has NO taste or visual clue. It just kills.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:40 PM   #10
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A "use by" date is what the mfg/producer recommends to be the last date the producte will have it's optimum flavor, nutrition and texture - from their estimate. It does not mean it suddenly goes rotten on the next day.
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