Brenda Watson, executive director of the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education, adds: "Those best-before dates are the manufacturer's promise to the consumer that the packaging and the food within them will be of the highest quality standard and will contain the nutrients as outlined on the label.
"After that date, the promise no longer stands.…Definitely when a consumer purchases their food, they should be aware of the best-before date and if it has already passed, they should leave it on the shelf and look for something fresher," she says from Cambridge, Ont.
But they did not say when, and they did not want to comment further.
A member of the store’s management team said they are not yet sure when the store will be closing.
A cashier at the store, which is in Crystal Lake Plaza on Route 14, could be heard telling a customer one or two weeks until close. Customers in the past couple of weeks have expressed disappointment on the store’s Facebook page about rumors that the store would close, while others posted that store employees confirmed the news to them.
When a best-before date has expired, "use your judgment. "When an expiration date has passed, there is no doubt, throw it out." 4.Consumers can also contact manufacturers for information about freezing and storing their products. Do foods in other countries have the same warnings about when they may go bad? Food and Drug Administration does not require food firms to place "expired by," "use by" or "best before" dates on food products, although U. Standards about when foods expire or are best differ in various countries. Does keeping food cold or freezing it extend its best-before date?Foods should be refrigerated within two hours of purchase (sometimes sooner) for a best-before date to be valid.“They have a lot of specialty offerings, a lot of European foods.” On Monday, the store had not yet posted anything saying it is closing, nor had it advertised any going-out-of-business sales.Some shelves inside the store were not fully stocked.Several new grocers have opened along Route 14 in the wake of the recession. Maule lauded Joseph’s for always being active in the community, including its aiding in food drives to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.A call to the property owner of Crystal Lake Plaza, Madison Corporate Group, was not returned Monday, a holiday.Checking the "best before" and "expiry date" labels on foods, from milk and cheese to bread and meats, is one of the first things consumers should do before throwing them in their grocery carts. A Health Canada advisory issued earlier this week informs consumers about what they should know before stocking their fridges and cupboards.For instance, in Canada, a best-before sticker must appear on almost all prepackaged foods that will keep fresh for 90 days or less, Kirsten Mattison of Health Canada's bureau of microbial hazards told CBC News on Friday.