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Poll: Do you pay attention to use-by dates on food?

The Food Safety Authority has warned that consumers aren’t paying enough attention to use-by dates. Do they matter to you?

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THE FOOD SAFETY Authority of Ireland has expressed fears over the number of people who ignore use-by dates on food – saying it is “alarming” that the date stamps are not given more attention.

A new survey showed that almost half of consumers believe it is OK to eat foods that have passed their use-by dates.

However, the FSAI warned that even if products look, smell and taste fine, they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

So today we’re asking: Do you pay attention to use-by dates on food?

Poll Results:

Yes - but a couple of days either way doesn't matter (784)
Yes - I'd never eat something past its use-by date (670)
No - as long as something looks and smells OK, I'll eat it (484)
I don't know (8)

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Michael Freeman

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