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'No way!' Shoppers struggle to believe actual shelf life of cookies

Leicestershire Live logo Leicestershire Live 24/01/2023 Charlotte Smith

People have expressed their disbelief at finding out the actual shelf life of one particular sweet treat. Taking to popular Facebook group, Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, one woman named Suzanne left many amazed after sharing a list of when certain food items actually go off after their best before date.

The list, which was compiled by discount store Bianca Amor, shows the shelf life of 10 'shelf-stable' foods, if they are stored correctly and left unopened. On it, it says canned goods can last two to three years after best before date, pasta sauce can last 18 months, cereal is one year, dry pasta is two to three years and coffee is one to two years.

It also says popcorn can last one year, 18 months for peanut butter, two to four years for spices and three to nine months for fizzy drinks. But it was the time-frame for cookies that got everyone talking, as it stated that these can last four months after its best before stamp.

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More than a thousand people commented on Suzanne's informative post, which she captioned as "good to know". Masses of people were shocked and surprised the most at what was written down for cookies.

Gordon Airy commented: "Sorry cookies existing beyond their sell by date??????" Terry Armstead quipped: "Cookies 4 months not a chance not even 4 minutes."

More than a thousand people commented on Suzanne's informative post © Facebook / Extreme Couponing and Bargains More than a thousand people commented on Suzanne's informative post

Kelly Whitehouse echoed: "Cookies 4 months!! Nope nope noooo never." Vivienne Thomas asked: "Who has cookies past their best before dates?" Amanda Christie also joked: "Lucky if my coffee last just over week."

Meanwhile, many others thanks Suzanne for sharing the list. Lynn Dixon replied: "Good to hear this because we, as a society, waste more food than necessary by far." Laura Reilly put: "I don’t look at dates .. if it looks and smells ok .. I use it."

Jonathan Jones suggested: "Best before dates should be removed from all foods." McKenzie Luke admitted: "I opened a can of rice pudding last night from 2019 and nothing wrong with it."

The list by Bianca Amor also states the data came from Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and how once packages have been opened, all food should be consumed as soon as possible. To see the full list of 100 items, visit biancaamor.com.

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