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I'm eating a yoghurt/oat breakfast thing that "went off" 3 days ago

Soop Nov 2, 2010 03:39 AM

Best before says October 30th, but it tastes ok. What can reasonably go wrong with yoghurt?

  1. nofunlatte Nov 2, 2010 04:57 AM

    "Best before " does not mean toxic after. You're fine. I've eaten yogurt after best before dates (and have left them out at room temperature for hours ).

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    1. re: nofunlatte
      Soop Nov 2, 2010 05:47 AM

      Yeah, I've eaten it now. I think it might actually have been a "use by" date, but it's too late to cry over spoiled milk now.


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      JRCann Nov 2, 2010 05:53 AM

      99% of the time it's just fine, providing it was stored correctly. I eat old yogurt up until it starts growing green bits. I love blue cheese too... so maybe I should try it then!

      Food companies leave lots of "safety factor" built into their use buy dates. After all it doesn't hurt them to do so. It only encourages you to throw the product away and buy some more... so they stand to increase their sales at your expense.

      1. coll Nov 2, 2010 05:58 AM

        I've never had yogurt go bad on me, ever. The only time I look at the date is when I'm buying it, to insure that I get the newest batch. It's already "off" or it wouldn't be yogurt! It's either mandated to have a date by the government, or by the company marketing dept to sell more, as noted above.

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        1. re: coll
          Soop Nov 2, 2010 06:20 AM

          Thanks all, and Coll, yeah I thought it was kind of spoiled, although there's a difference that's been bought up before.

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            coll Nov 2, 2010 08:07 AM

            Well I do eat mine fairly quickly, I guess after a really long time something bad might happen. One time, I got some of the special kind that has the layer of cream on top, and my husband threw it all out and told me later it was spoiled. That was sad.

            1. re: coll
              nofunlatte Nov 2, 2010 09:46 AM

              Oh, my, that IS sad. I love eating the cream top from such yogurts--like butter!

          2. re: coll
            im_nomad Nov 2, 2010 09:30 AM

            I've had yogurt go moldy, but it must have had a hole in there somewhere. That, and it probably was one of those low fat concoctions or something (frankenyogurt? ;) ) I'd assume, that while yogurt itself doesn't necessarily go "off", some of the contents that are regularly pre-mixed in, could, such as fruit or what not.

          3. im_nomad Nov 2, 2010 09:33 AM

            Count me in the aged yogurt group, i've eaten it more than three days past for sure. The dates are "best before", not a "this item will self-destruct on Oct 30" sort of thing. Although there appears to be a huge number of people who abide by the self-destruct option, I work with a few of them, and items regularly get tossed from the communal fridge for being a day past that date.

            1. Jasz Nov 2, 2010 10:19 PM

              Three days? I'll eat yogurt that's past the date three weeks later as long as it looks and smells okay. Haven't had any problems. Sadly, most of my family seem to think that those dates are a Holy Gospel; I have a cousin who tried to throw out my yogurts three days prior to the date on them because they were "coming up" due!

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              1. re: Jasz
                Krislady Nov 3, 2010 11:48 AM

                Years ago, I was having lunch with a couple of women I worked with, and one of them was shocked that I was eating expired yogurt - I told her "it's spoiled milk - what's to expire?"

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                Jamebb Nov 3, 2010 01:04 AM

                Unopened yogurt really doesn't go bad as soon as those stamps would have you think. I read an article about this guy who was homeless for a while and did a lot of dumpster diving for food. Yogurt was one of the things that he came across a lot (thrown out by those people who religiously adhere to the 'best by' date, no doubt) and he ate the stuff pretty frequently, sometimes even after it had been sitting out overnight or on warm days, without any problems.

                1. Jasz Nov 3, 2010 12:56 PM

                  fwiw, the yogurt I had today was dated Oct 16 and it was fine.

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