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

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

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  1. "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

      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.

      Thanks!

    2. 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. 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

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

          1. re: Soop

            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

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

          2. re: coll

            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. 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. 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

                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?"