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10 Foods You Should Never Eat Past their Expiry Date

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Would you chance eating from a carton of eggs that was a few days past its due date? How about raw chicken breasts or ground beef?

Even though you can get away safely with consuming some processed foods past their expiry date, it doesn’t mean you should take the same liberties with raw meats and fresh fruits and veggies—many of which are prone to bacteria and food poisoning soon after their “best before” package dates.

Here are ten of the riskiest foods to consume past their expiration dates…

1. Eggs

Eggs pack more nutrients per calorie than the vast majority of other foods, and they are an inexpensive and delicious source of protein. It’s no wonder that they’ve become a breakfast staple, but if you’re thinking about cracking open an egg that’s past its expiry date, think again. Expired eggs are one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. Eating them can cause mild symptoms ranging from abdominal discomfort, gas and diarrhea to full-blown food poisoning.

In the United States, egg packing companies are not required by law to provide an expiry date, but they must stamp the date at which the eggs were packed onto every carton. If you store your eggs in the refrigerator, you can safely eat them for up to four weeks after they were packed. However, leave them any longer and you’ll be increasing your risk of upsetting your stomach or worse.

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