Ask Joe: Expired products from Food Bank

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Updated: 4/14 10:24 pm
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about the food she gets from the local food bank.
Aimee Sutton, in Sparks, wrote in saying that anytime she gets food from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the dairy is always so expired that it is absolutely useless. She said when she asks people who work for the food pantries, they only tell her that is what the food bank provides them. She wants some help figuring this out.

Answer:
Joe checked with Angela Silva, who works the front desk for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. She said they provide food for 132 food pantries in the area. They do not give out dairy products that are expired. However, Silva said it is up to the individual food pantry to make sure the food they are getting from the food bank has not expired. Sometimes, it may be within a day or two of the expiration date. The food bank will still give it out and it is up to the food pantry to make sure it is still good when its given out to the public.
The other issue is canned goods. Silva said canned food is generally safe for six months after the expiration date on the label, so keep that in mind. The date on those products is what they call a "best by" date, but you can give it another six months after that to open it up and eat, so you don't have to throw it away as soon as the date on the can passes.
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retired USA - 4/15/2014 8:16 PM
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All these comments and answer from Ask Joe is good but : The question was why is Northern Nevada Food bank giving out dairy past is exp date when the home office says it doesn't.......How about investigation. I know of a non profit out fit, that I can't name, goes to a local food bank and gets food and dairy for their senior day center, I know for a fact the gal that picks it up her van is full to to the point you can't see out the back but when she drops it off at the center only a couple of boxes might be left for the center, the rest to her home..........not the center and when the center goes to make snacks or lunch there's not enough items to serve........can you see my point here.

C King - 4/15/2014 6:45 PM
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Having been in the grocery business for thirty plus years and been hands on in the dairy dept for years, I can tell you that yogurt lasts weeks beyond the date imprinted in the container. It does grow mold when it begins to spoil. Milk is generally 5 days beyond date on container, but that also depends on the distance it travels to the store. Sour cream is shorter lived after expiration than yogurt in my experience. Cheeses are obvious when they go bad by the white or green mold growth, but if properly sealed, it can go months beyond date on container.

antpam - 4/14/2014 9:02 PM
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My kids go nuts when the milk is past the pull date - I've fought with them for forever to convince them it's a sell by date, not a "go bad" date. And yogurt- how do you know when yogurt goes bad - it looks the same either way :)

pjg1964 - 4/14/2014 7:44 PM
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If you check the diary providers website, it lists his long after the"sell by" date that their products are good. Maybe "askJoe" should have done some more research besides just the food pantries!
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