'Harvested on' dates: yea or nay?

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luluma

'Harvested on' dates: yea or nay?

Hey all,

Have you ever heard of a 'harvested on' date? The idea is that your fresh foods would be stamped/packed with a 'harvested on' date so that by the time it reaches you, you know how long it's been in transit/storage. With 'best by' and 'use by' dates, you can never really be sure how long some stuff has sat around, and let's face it, we've all seen tattered looking fruit/veg at the supermarkets and we've probably all had that one pint of milk that goes off even though it's still supposed to be in date.

How important do you think it is to know when your food was actually harvested? Isn't that a better measurement of how fresh something really is?

What do you guys think?

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JAMES

Dates.

I think the more information we are presented with the better.

However, I tend to buy loose fruit and veg and there is never any dates on those, which is fine. I trust myself to select what looks the freshest. I also really only buy enough for a few days, and I have a rough idea what I will need over those next two-three days to avoid waste. I'd rather run out of fresh stuff and fall back on my supply in the freezer than end up buying too much and throwing it away.

As for milk, I've never had milk go off whilst in date.

Happens to Mum all the time. But thats because she insists on buying those big 4 pinta things when she lives on her own, she is always forgetting to put it back in the fridge, and she thinks the date on it is the date to when it is usable, despite me telling her that actually it is three days from when you actually open the bottle.....


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Wendy

Harvest dates

In a perfect world it would be a sound idea. With the long distances involved transporting food to the shops don't you think by the time they get there you wouldn't buy them if you saw they had been in transport for three or four weeks or however long it takes food to travel from abroad? Whereas being in ignorance of when it was harvested you would buy it? I also think there would be a lot more food wastage with people not buying food that was two or three days old it's bad enough now with the food wastage.

Wendy

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JAMES

Dates.

That is a very good point, Wendy. If you can actually see the food is three weeks old, it will put people off....

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Welshcookie

Harvesting dates

Sadly, the knowledge people have about food seems to be so slight that harvesting dates would be misinterprted by most people. People would not understand that some things such as apples improve in storage. Also that if some vegetables are not stored for the winter we would not have them in the shops at all. Would the general public reject potatoes that had been stored for six months? One product that definitely should be labelled with harvest date is nuts in shell. They are often one year old, and will not have improved over time.

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JAMES

Dates.

Most people that cook are aware of that Welshcookie.

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Welshcookie

Harvested on...

You know that, James and so most people, but why then do sensational articles appear along the lines of - Do you know how old your food is before it gets to the supermarket shelf?

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JAMES

Harvesting.

Oh its just the usual scaremongering press that treats everyone as if they were an idiot.

There is little journalistic talent now.

x

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JAMES

Harvested.

You don't know what paper any of us on here read Bolas, so to assume we all read the sun and have the IQ of a nine year old is very insulting.

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JAMES

Harvested.

Well, I don't have the IQ of a nine year old Im afraid.

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JAMES

Harvested.

....But I do hope one day to get there.....

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Nausea Bagwash

harvet

It sounds a good idea but what about things that can be kept for a long time? Bananas are harvested green and freighted by sea as they take time to ripen and Kiwi fruit have been such a great success for New Zealand as thy can be kept for up to 6 months in cold storage before hitting the greengrocers and things like pulses which have to be dried which takes time.

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Welshcookie

Harvested

Yes, but it might be quite nice to know if you are buying pulses grown this year or last. Same with nuts in shells.

This is a new one on me, I must try to be more observant. Coloured labels with Union Jacks on all over the vegetable shelves in Tesco. Tiny writing on the label saying it means produce was packed in this country - where grown not specified.

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Nausea Bagwash

Brainwashing

"Oh its just the usual scaremongering press that treats everyone as if they were an idiot.

There is little journalistic talent now.x"
.............
Yes, but some people ARE idiots and many people are brainwashed into believing anything they read in print, especially if they have an education which didn't encourage enquiry and independent thought.

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JAMES

Harvested.

You really are an idiot who has ruined what used to be a very nice forum.


 
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