This Is What Best-By, Use-By, and Sell-By Dates Really Mean

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I have written in the past here on ACP why it is so-called “Christians” do not pray, giving thanks unto God our Father before EVERY MEAL they sit down to, whether in their own homes, visiting friends or family, or co-workers, or in restaurants — because all food is given to us as a BLESSING FROM GOD OUR FATHER. Without God providing we would go without. Yet the vast majority walk in blindness never seeing that.

Many may wonder why the following article is appearing on A Crooked Path. Because plainly and simply wasting food, a blessing given to all of U.S. by God our Father, Who provides all we have and are given, is a SIN. It is a SIN to waste food. Period. And by more than one source  AMERICANS WASTE 40% OF THE FOODS THEY BUY .

The article below just pertains to foods wasted due to Americans not understanding the differences between “best-by,” “use-by,” and “sell-by” dates on foods they buy and the resulting 398,000 tons of food waste.

All this is SIN. Plain and simple. To waste foods to the degree we do is pure SIN. Ignorance. Blindness. Stupidity. Selfishness. Greed. Thoughtlessness. And, well, SIN.

Ponder all this for a while and add it to the list of things we can and need to be much better at overcoming and doing better.

That’s why the following is appearing on A Crooked Path. Because everything we think, everything we do, everything is connected and God sees, hears and knows all.

We’re going to have to account for — answer for why it was we were given so much, blessed to much, yet remained ignorant and so, so very wasteful and ungrateful, so thoughtless.

And no excuse will hold up. The “I didn’t know” won’t cut it.

In many regards we’re more decadent today than the Romans were at the height of their selfish, pleasure seeking, gluttonous decadence. As we deny such things.

It is well past the time every person professing to be Christian think on these matters. Stop wasting the blessing of food given to us by God our Father, and if not praying, giving thanks unto God our Father, our Provider in all things? Time they begin to pray giving thanks at EVERY MEAL no matter how small, consisting of what, where, in front of whom, or alone. There should be NO SHAME in being a light unto the world, the salt of the earth, living the gospel of Jesus Christ the Lord by example. Not concerned with appearing different, or with what people might think. Time to concern ourselves with what does God think about us?

Are we imitating, being more Christ-like or more like our neighbors, more like other people, more concerned with others think and do, how they behave and imitating them rather than Jesus?

True disciples, genuine Christians are to focus on Jesus. Strive to be like Jesus. Imitate Jesus to the best of our abilities though we are but feeble flesh and will fall short — we are not then to abandon, to give up, to shrug and join the world, be like the world. No, we need to all the more turn to Scripture, turn to God, turn to prayer and reading and meditating on the word of God for strength, wisdom and spiritual growth to become more focused upon and more like Jesus Christ the Lord and Saviour.

Time to begin only taking as much as we will eat, buy as much as we will eat, giving thanks unto God our Father for everything for everything comes from God our Father in heaven.

Time to become less like the wasting, wasteful, sinning, blind to God and the blessing bestowed up U.S. people walking in darkness, of the world,

And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Matthew 14:19 — King James Version holy Scripture

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Matthew 26:26 — King James Version Holy Scripture

And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

Luke 24:30 — King James Version Holy Scripture

And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

Acts 27:35 — King James Version Holy Scripture

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

Romans 14:6 — King James Version Holy Scripture

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

1 Timothy 4:4 — King James Version Holy Scripture

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

 

This Is What Best-By, Use-By, and Sell-By Dates Really Mean

 

By Lisa Milbrand

Reprinted from: Reader’s Digest

Monday, March 11, 2019

 

 

Confused by “best by,” “sell by,” and “use by”? You’re not alone. In fact, a Harvard University study found that more than 90 percent of Americans throw away perfectly good food due to label confusion—resulting in 398,000 tons of food waste each year. Because, as it turns out, those eggs with a sell-by date don’t suddenly turn rotten at midnight.

Understand what those labels really mean. “Sell by,” “use by,” and “best by” are actually all dates determined by the food manufacturers, and they’re the manufacturers’ best guess as to food quality—not food safety. Basically, they indicate how long a food producer will guarantee their product will still be at peak quality to enjoy.

And there’s no governmental authority policing how those dates are used—though Congress has tried (and failed) to pass legislation in recent years to try to standardize this labeling and clear up the confusion. Depending on the product and how it’s been handled, it is likely perfectly safe to eat for days or weeks after that sell-by, use-by or best-by date has passed. Check out which foods you might be throwing away too soon.

Ignore the sell-by date. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “the sell-by date is literally just for the stores themselves,” so the manufacturer can let them know when a product may be past its prime and need to be taken off of store shelves. (Again, it may still be perfectly tasty and perfectly safe for long past that date.)

Inspect your food. You can usually tell quickly when a product’s gone bad—there’s mold on the bread, or the milk smells sour. “Check the quality of the specific product by smell, taste, if it’s visually okay, if there’s no mold or discoloration,” says Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, founder of HealthBarn USA. Keep in mind that bad things can “happen even before the use-by or sell-by date,” especially if it’s a perishable food that may have spent time at an unsafe temperature. See which foods you should definitely toss by the expiration date.

Stop the clock. Have food that you know you won’t finish before it might go bad? Just chill. “If you are getting close to the indicated date…put it in the freezer,” Antine suggests. “It sustains the product, extends its life, and reduces food waste.”

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