I live on a road that sees a lot of big trucks. Er, lorries. One morning I tied back the bedroom curtains to find a truck parked outside our house with a huge ad on the side for a campaign called Love Food, Hate Waste. Can't help but get behind that, because I can't stand wasting anything, especially food.
I think I found part of the problem, though:
The funny thing is that even though I've generally just used sniff and eyeball tests or general common sense in the past, and am cynical about these labels, they are still getting to me and I find myself more paranoid about food safety than I was before. I haven't tossed anything that didn't really deserve it yet, but have considered it more than ever before.
In the US & Germany I don't recall these instructions on packaging, but am I mis-remembering? I only remember sell-by and best-before dates, neither of which is an instruction to use it all up by then. Are these legit guidelines and I've been somehow lucky not to spend most of my life hurling from eating old food?