Out-of-date is OK, says Accrington trader

First published in North West

A MARKET trader in Accrington has pledged to ‘smash the taboo’ over out of date chocolate.

Muhammad Hussain, 35, opened Smart Chocolate in December and offers confectionary which is past its sell-by date.

The father-of-three, from Burnley, said he hopes selling the stock — which accounts for two per cent of what he sells — will help reduce food waste.

Mr Hussain said: “People don’t want to pay over the odds, and a lot of people are unemployed. One woman hugged me and said I was a Godsend because she has five kids.”

Mr Hussain said he also sells tinned food, pet food, and baby food, and wants to change people’s attitude to food that is out of date.

Use-before dates appear on food that goes off quickly, such as fish, meat, and salads, while best before dates appear on frozen, dried, and tinned foods, which deteriorate over time.

Best before dates are ‘more about quality than safety’, the Food Standards Agency says.

Mr Hussain added: “Most of us are under the understanding that, if food goes out of date just by one day, it means throw it in the bin.

“By making people aware, we can help them save money.”

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9:40pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Unhappycyclist says...

Well done for your stand.

In my fridge, I have an unwrapped block of mild cheddar cheese with a best before date in December.

Surely it will ripen, and save me the expense of buying mature Cheddar?
Well done for your stand. In my fridge, I have an unwrapped block of mild cheddar cheese with a best before date in December. Surely it will ripen, and save me the expense of buying mature Cheddar? Unhappycyclist
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5:26pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Mr Banford says...

"sell by"
"best before"
"use by"

3 totally different things that some people fail to understand.
Use by dates on veg always amaze me. if its mouldy or squishy when its not supposed to be then common sense says dont use it - otherwise you will be fine.
Tinned foods are packaged in a sterile atmosphere meaning no bacteria can damage the food although best before means it may slightly lack in the original flavour.
Crisps are fine but can lose their crunch.
The only thing i wouldn't trust are meat and fish but thats why they have a "use by" date not a "best before".
"sell by" "best before" "use by" 3 totally different things that some people fail to understand. Use by dates on veg always amaze me. if its mouldy or squishy when its not supposed to be then common sense says dont use it - otherwise you will be fine. Tinned foods are packaged in a sterile atmosphere meaning no bacteria can damage the food although best before means it may slightly lack in the original flavour. Crisps are fine but can lose their crunch. The only thing i wouldn't trust are meat and fish but thats why they have a "use by" date not a "best before". Mr Banford
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11:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

silversaver says...

Well done, we need somebody who can help the community and pass the savings.. ever little penny counts.. you have our support
Well done, we need somebody who can help the community and pass the savings.. ever little penny counts.. you have our support silversaver
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