DECO warns that “perfectly good food” is thrown away

A study by consumer watchdog DECO has found that half of those queried throw away food products that have passed their expiry date but are still edible.

Considering this practice “unnecessary waste”, DECO stresses the difference between ‘consumir até’ (consume by) and ‘consumir preferencialmente antes de’ (consume preferably before) – with the latter meaning the product can still be consumed after the date if it has been correctly stored and conserved.

The exceptions are meat, fish, sausages, eggs, fresh milk, cakes with cream or fresh cheese which should be eaten before the expiry date.