Unobvious purchase rules for products that only specialists are aware of
Everyone knows that when buying products you need to look at the expiration date. However, as practice shows, this alone is not enough - you need to pay attention to other, sometimes not very obvious things.
The editors of shram.kiev.ua studied tips on what you need to pay attention to when going to the store, and share the rules for buying products with you.
Shelf life depends on product category.
How the expiration date of the product is indicated on the label depends on how long it can be stored.
So, on products with a shelf life of up to 72 hours, the time, day and month should be indicated.
On products stored from 72 hours to 30 days - day, month and year.
And finally, on a product whose shelf life is calculated in months - a month and a year.
Wrong Price Tags
If the amount indicated on the check is too different from your calculations, do not hesitate to look again at the cost of the goods in the window.
Often, sellers simply forget to remove the wrong price tag and you do not buy the product at the price you were counting on.
GOST does not guarantee quality
Modern GOSTs often do not regulate the amount of certain ingredients in the same sausage or sausages, but only indicate a certain salt or protein content.
In addition, the inscription “GOST” can only indicate that according to it only packaging was made, and not the product contained in it.
Sometimes unscrupulous manufacturers write GOSTs, as they say, at random, misleading the buyer.
However, there are those who strictly follow the approved standards and produce a truly high-quality product.
Expired items are not allowed to be sold.
Often you can find in stores goods with a big discount, the expiration date of which expired yesterday.
Despite the fact that, with proper storage, the goods most likely did not become unusable, it is prohibited by law to sell it in stores.
Storage conditions are no less important than shelf life
Even if the product has not expired, be sure to pay attention to the storage conditions written on its label.
If they are not respected, then even non-expired goods may become unfit for food.
When buying goods stored in a refrigerator or freezer, pay attention to the temperature inside them.
It is indicated either on the display of the refrigerator, or on an alcohol thermometer lying on one of the shelves.
Perishable foods must be locally produced
When buying goods with a short shelf life, you need to pay attention to the place of its production: the closer it is to the store, the more likely it is to buy a fresh and high-quality product.
Organic or natural?
As you know, the cost of organic products is much higher than natural ones.
The inscription “organic”, which guarantees that GMOs, synthetic pesticides and other non-natural substances and animal feeds were not used in the production, also indicates that the manufacturer has passed special certification.
Natural products, as a rule, are also produced without all of the above - often the only difference is that the manufacturer has not yet received the appropriate certificate.
Date of manufacture or date of packaging?
Selling goods cut in the store itself, sellers sometimes go to tricks and instead of the date of manufacture of the product put the date of cutting on the label.
Of course, stores are required to indicate on the labels exactly what date is indicated on them, but in practice this does not always work.
Therefore, if in doubt, you should ask the seller for documents on this product.
Shelf life of frozen foods does not guarantee quality.
Sticky frozen foods, such as vegetables or meatballs, indicate that they have been repeatedly thawed and frozen, which means they are not suitable for eating .
Label is an important document
The label should not only contain complete information about the composition of the product, its nutritional value, shelf life, but also information about its manufacturer.
Moreover, it must be indicated not only the legal address of the company that produces a particular product, but also the address of the actual production.
In addition, all dates should be stated clearly and clearly - if the numbers are vague, then, most likely, they changed, and, possibly, more than once.
Expiration date discounts
Often in stores they make big discounts on goods whose shelf life ends tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
You can buy such products, but you should pay attention to their storage conditions , and immediately eat them.
12 hours rule for pre-packaged goods and salads
And one more rule for meat, cheese and fish cuts made in stores: their implementation period is no more than 12 hours from the moment of packaging.
The same goes for ready-made salads!
Still, according to the law of Ukraine, it is forbidden to sell salads dressed with mayonnaise .
Via adme.ru & wiki