Non-obvious rules of buying products that only experts know about
Everyone knows that when buying products you need to look at the expiration date. However, as practice shows, this is very little - you need to pay attention to other, sometimes not very obvious things.
Editorial shram.kiev.ua studied tips on what to look for when going to the store, and share the rules of buying products with you.
The shelf life depends on the product category.
How the expiration date of a product is indicated on a label depends on how long it can be stored.
So, on products with a shelf life of up to 72 hours, 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, month and year.
Wrong price tags
If the amount indicated in the check is too different from your calculations, do not hesitate to look again at the cost of the goods in the storefront.
Often, sellers simply forget to remove the wrong price tag and you do not purchase a product at all at the price you expected.
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 content of salt or protein.
In addition, the inscription "GOST" can only indicate that according to it only the packaging was made, and not the product contained in it.
Sometimes unscrupulous manufacturers write GOST standards, 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.
Items that have expired are not allowed to sell.
You can often 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 worthless, it is prohibited by law to sell them in stores.
Storage conditions are as important as shelf life.
Even if the expiration date of the goods has not yet expired, it is imperative to pay attention to the storage conditions written on its label.
If they are not respected, then even non-expired goods may become unsuitable for food.
When buying goods stored in a refrigerated or freezer display, 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 products must be locally produced.
When buying a product 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, significantly higher than natural.
The inscription “organic”, which guarantees that GMOs, synthetic pesticides and other unnatural substances and animal feed have not been used in the production, indicates that the manufacturer has passed a special certification.
Natural products, too, are usually produced without all of the above - often the only difference is that the manufacturer has not yet received the appropriate certificate.
Production date or packaging date?
When selling products that have been sliced in the store, sellers sometimes go for tricks and instead of the date of manufacturing the product they put on the label the date of cutting.
Of course, shops are obliged to indicate on the labels which date is indicated on them, but in practice this does not always work.
Therefore, if you have any doubts, you should ask the seller for documents on this product.
The shelf life of frozen food does not guarantee quality.
Frozen frozen foods, such as vegetables or meatballs, indicate that they have been thawed and frozen repeatedly, which means they are not suitable for human consumption .
Label - Important Document
The label should contain not only complete information on the composition of the product, its nutritional value, shelf life, but also data on its manufacturer.
And not only the legal address of the company producing a particular product should be specified, but also the address of the actual production of the product.
In addition, all dates must be spelled out clearly and clearly - if the numbers are vague, then, most likely, they are changed, and, perhaps, more than once.
Discounts on expired goods
Often in stores make big discounts on goods, the shelf life of which ends tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
You can buy such products, but you should pay attention to the conditions of their storage , and immediately eat them.
12 o'clock rule for prepacked goods and salads
And another rule for meat, cheese and fish cuts, made in stores: the term of their implementation is no more than 12 hours from the date of packaging.
The same applies to ready-made salads!
Also, according to the law of Ukraine, selling salads with mayonnaise is prohibited .
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