Do expiration dates on food really matter?
Not as much as you think, according to former Trader Joe's president Doug Rauch. That's the idea behind his new hybrid grocery store/cafe called The Daily Table in Dorchester, MA.
The establishment will only sell and serve "expired" food. This leads to the question:
What do "sell by", "use by", and "best by" dates really mean? According to Rauch, not much. He says that information is not federally regulated and mostly arbitrary. Rarely do the dates stamped on the package actually indicate whether food is safe to eat. For the most part, expiration dates result in lots of perfectly good food going in the trash. This part is scary...40% of the total food produced every year in the U.S. is wasted. Rauch says he hopes his new business is a step in the right direction, less waste.
Would you be willing to eat expired food? Is there anything you won't eat past the expiration date?