The dictionary definition of this phrase refers to someone who is no longer considered useful as they are too old. I don`t think i have ever met anyone of any age who fits that description, my mum lived until she was nearly 96 and she was useful to me until the day she died. Miss you Mum.
However, todays news refers to the selling of food beyond its use by date. But what does this mean? How is it different to the sell by date? It can all be rather confusing and this confusion means we often throw away perfectly good food needlessly.
According to the Food Standards Agency, the description of “use by” means that food can be eaten up to the date on the package, but not after. You will see use by dates on food that goes off quickly, such as dairy foods, meat and ready-prepared salads. But remember that you must store the food safely as advised on the pack.
Once the use by date has been and gone, don’t eat it, cook it or freeze it as the food could be unsafe to eat or drink.
The “best before” date is about quality. The food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best. Its flavour and texture might change. The best before dates appear on a wide range of frozen, dried, tinned and other foods. The best before date will only be accurate if the food is stored according to the instructions on the label.
For more advice go to https://www.food.gov.uk/science/microbiology/use-by-and-best-before-dates.
Love food, hate waste, but be safe not sorry.