By Ivy Agbozo:
A Research Scientist, Mrs. Bernice Nina Ackah has urged consumers of packaged products to adhere to strictly inspecting dates on these products in order to ensure their own safety.
Mrs. Bernice Nina Ackah has been explaining ‘Best Before’ dates as well as ‘Expiry Dates’ on products when she appeared as guest on the Food Safety, Nutrition and Hygiene show on Rite FM on Tuesday.
This is in view of the fact that most consumers misunderstand the meaning of these dates on packaged foods they purchase.
‘The “best before dates” on packaged foods such as sardines, tin milk and others signify that the food still harbors the basic sensory quality it usually is expected to have until the date on it where it begins to subject itself to a little change which isn’t harmful in any way to the human body when consumed.
“Expiry Dates” on the other hand, signify that the packaged foods life span is due and thus when consumed, becomes extremely poisonous to the human body. When food which has reached its expiry date is consumed, it has a dying effect on the consumer other than the “best before date” which has no harmful effect on the consumer’ she explained.
She thus advised consumers to always make it a point to check the dates on each product they purchase before using it. She added that no retailer is expected to sell any packaged food whose “best before date” is due.