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Over 50s warned of health risk from expired food



The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned over 50s of the dangers of food poisoning after a report revealed that older people are most likely to take risks with use-by dates.

According to the FSA's findings, just 42 per cent of older people consider the best before date on food packaging to be an important indicator of food safety, while 40 per cent stated that they would eat dairy products more than three days after they expired.

However, the body warned that doing so places people in danger of ingesting harmful bacteria such as listeria and gave advice on the measures that must be taken to ensure the safety of food.

Dr Andrew Wadge, chief scientist at the FSA, said: "Be aware that use by dates indicate how long food will remain safe always follow the storage instructions on the label and make sure your fridge is cold enough."

Other measures recommended by the FSA to avoid food poisoning include thoroughly cooking meat and ensuring that raw food is kept separately in the fridge.



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