‘I felt so judged’: Mother slammed by fellow parents for feeding her child food that’s past the best before date – as experts reveal how long common snacks REALLY last
- A mother has revealed how she shops at a charity store for cheaper items
- She says she buys budget priced school snacks past their best before date
- The mum was judged by others who said this was something they’d never do
- Experts reveal how long it’s safe to eat food that’s past its best before date
An Australian mother has been slammed by other parents for feeding her children snacks past their best before date.
The mum said she bought the snacks through a welfare support service as they were cheap and she didn’t think there was anything wrong with them.
However, she said after she told another mum she fed her child the expired snacks, she was left feeling ‘judged’ as the other mother told her she would ‘never’ do the same.
‘The mum turns around and tells me I would never feed my children food that’s past its use by. I feel like I was judged,’ the woman wrote on a Facebook post.
An Australian mum has revealed how she’d been slammed for feeding her children snacks which had past their best before date (stock image)
The mum commented how after she’d told another mother she fed her child the budget school snacks she was left feeling judged
How long should you keep common lunch box foods for?
Sliced bread: Properly stored, packaged sliced bread will last for five to seven days after its best-before date at normal room temperature.
Butter: Butter can last for weeks after its use-by date in the fridge, but can go rancid if kept at room temperature for more than a few days
Cheese: Hard cheese can be safe to eat for six weeks after its best-before date if kept refrigerated, as long as you cut away any visible mould.
Bagged salad: Pre-cut salads can last 24 hours after the use-by date if the bag is unopened. Otherwise, stick to the date.
Pies and meats: Cooked meats, including processed pies, should be eaten within their use-by date as they can cause serious food poisoning.
Perishable foods: Dairy products, eggs and sliced meats should be kept cool and eaten within about four hours of preparation. Don’t pack these foods if just cooked. First cool in the refrigerator overnight.
Source: Professor Judith Evans
The mum shared her current financial situation was a struggle and that buying the budget school snacks was a solution that worked out the cheapest.
‘I found there is nothing wrong with the products, they are full of sugar and I feel the sugar helps preserve them,’ she said.
Her post has generated a flood of comments with many saying the mum shouldn’t feel ashamed for doing her best to make ends meet.
Some disagreed, though, writing that they thought there might be a problem with feeding a child food past its use-by date.
The mum shared her current financial situation was a struggle and that buying the budget school snacks was a solution that worked out cheapest (stock image)
‘Don’t feel down. Some people judge because they just don’t know what it’s like to struggle,’ said one.
Another said: ‘Times are tough and your kids haven’t died yet. Wow, I hate people like this! You’re doing fab, they will one day know what it’s like.’
‘She needs to get off her rather high perch,’ said a third.
‘I have done it before. Many times. Food looks pretty good. Rule is if I don’t eat it, I don’t expect my kids to.’
What is the difference between food date stamps ‘best before’ and ‘use by’?
Date marking and storage labelling helps determine the shelf life of food products:
* Use by date: A ‘use by’ date is the date after which the intact, unopened package of food, if stored under the conditions specified on the label, should not be consumed because of health and safety reasons.
It is illegal to sell food which has passed its use by date.
* Best before date: Foods marked ‘best before’ are safe to be consumed provided the food is otherwise fit for human consumption.
These foods can be expected to retain their colour, taste, texture and flavour provided they have been stored correctly.
Foods marked best before can be sold after that date, provided the food is not deteriorated or perished.
Source: Food Authority, NSW Government
Those who thought the mum should be wary of feeding her kids food that was out of date said it was worth noting the difference between best before and use by dates.
‘Remember there is a big difference between a ‘use by date’ (throw it out if past) and a ‘best before date’ (definitely keep it),’ wrote one.
‘If it’s a best before then I say tell her to get f****d. If it’s a use by date then yeah, she is right and your kids shouldn’t be eating them.’