Many expiration dates go unnoticed, and the food could easily be consumed for a long period of time without any risks. This is not always the case though with all foods. Whether you sniff out the beginning stages of turned meats or reopen a can that contains mold, there are many meals that you would not think about that little-printed date hidden away on the container. Ever wonder which foods should never be touched after their prime? Here is a list of 10 foods you should never ignore the expiration date.
Deli meats can make a great sandwich but be careful not to overbuy this product. Whether you buy it freshly sliced at the deli counter or in a package sealed container, once opened these thin slices of heaven only last three to five days. Deli meats quickly assemble a variety of bacteria including Listeria, a cold growing bacteria which can cause a variety of foodborne illnesses. In order to avoid a case of food poisoning, throw these suckers out without pause.
Just like in deli meats, Listeria is drawn to soft cheeses of all kinds. The shelf life of cheese depends on a number of factors including hardness, production quality and process to make it great, but cheeses like Brie, Feta, and even cream cheese should not be eaten once it’s past due. Hard cheeses can last up to six weeks in the fridge once opened but the softer stuff will only last about a week. If there is any sign of mold or growth on your creamy Brie, it’s time to say, Au Revoir.