Obama Urges Americans To Eat Rotten Food

by The Washington Post  |  published on April 22, 2015

rottenfoodThe Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious.

The solution. Hold your nose and just eat it. Even if it is 18 months past the expiration date.

It sounds yucky, but officials think they’ve got the trick to get moms to feed expired but safe food to kids and adults alike — they’ve even got an app. It’s called FoodKeeper and it is supposed to have a more accurate calculation of food expiration dates, even for baby food and eggs.

USDA provided a video in which one official explains, “Many products may have a sell-by date of say April 1 but they could be good in your pantry for another 12 or 18 months. And by throwing those out, what you’re doing, is you’re contributing to food waste in the United States.” As an example, the video showed boxes of dried pasta.

  • Steve

    You really need to use your own judgement, and not be so gullible as to believe Obama, in general, especially regarding food safety. Certain dry packaged foods might not have as good a flavor, as they did in their newer and fresher days, but might otherwise still be safe to fix and eat. On the other hand, certain other foods have a certain window of time for which they are able to be safely consumed. And when that time has elapsed, the food starts to become more and more unsafe to consume, and could perhaps become even life threatening, under certain conditions. While I personally hate to see any food go from wholesome and safe to eat, to unfit of even unsafe to be consumed, it does occur, and it has to be addressed. In some cases, food spoilage is avoidable, and in such cases, all of us do have a moral responsibility endeavor to keep food waste to a minimum. However there are other circumstances, where food waste is unavoidable. An example is a power outage, which results in some of your pantry stock in your refrigerators and freezers doesn’t come through the power outage well, and might be best discarded and replaced, in the interest of safety and continued good health. Both of my parents grew up during the great depression of the ’30’s, and consistently harped at all of us kids, against wasting of any food, needlessly. But on the other hand, they at least had enough common horse sense to know the difference
    between unnecessary food waste and necessary food waste. And if something didn’t seem right with certain items in our family’s pantry, especially if it appeared to have safety issues, then even they didn’t hesitate to discard those offending items. As such, while us kids were required to still eat full, generous servings of certain menu items that we thought were yucky, at least they endeavored to prevent any dangerous food items from winding up on our plates.

  • I’ll bet that Obama doesn’t eat rotten food, nothing but the best for him.

  • David in MA

    Take tomato products, I understand the sell-by date is because the lining of the can leaches into the tomatoes because they are acidic and the stuff leached is BTH or some such designation, a poison, the food is still edible but has become contaminated with the stuff lining the cans …. Stuff like this is given out at food pantries every day.

    And, in other products there is stuff put into them to make them look good, taste good and extend shelf life …. but eventually break down and, well break down.

    • Arlene F. Giovinazzo

      When I see Barach, Michelle & daughters, Joe Biden & Jill, Bill, Hillary, Chelsea & hubby & new little baby eat expired food maybe I’ll give it a second thought but I really doubt it!!!!!!!

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