The mum shared on that she was shocked when a school mum shamed her for feeding her kids snacks that were past their ‘best before’ dates.
Speaking in a closed Facebook group, the mum said she made the confession to the school mum – but was shocked to hear her disapproving reaction, saying ‘I feel like I was judged.’
‘So a quick question I told a Mum at School I liked shopping at Tribe Of Judah (cheap cereal chocolate lcm bars etc) for School snacks as they are cheap due to being past best before.
‘The Mum turns around and tells me I would never feed my children food that’s past its use by, I feel like I was judged.’
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‘I found there’s nothing wrong with the products they are full of sugar and I feel the sugar helps preserve them haha and I do struggle for $ at the moment so it worked out the cheapest.’
The mum received overwhelming support from fellow shoppers in the Facebook group.
Even those mums that agreed that they wouldn’t feed their kids foods past their best before dates, they still showed the mum support.
Better Health Victoria says, “Within reason, provided the food looks and smells as you would expect, it should be safe to eat, even if the best-before date has passed. Keep an eye on the ‘use-by’ or ‘best before’ dates on the food in your cupboards. Don’t eat any food that is past its ‘use-by’ date, even if it looks and smells okay.”
They add a couple of things to remember include:
- Best-before dates give you an idea of how long foods will last before they lose quality.
- Most products will last beyond their best-before date if they are stored properly.
- Foods marked with a use-by date must be consumed before that date.
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