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Check Food Expiration Dates

Mommy Alert! Throw Out Expired Foods!

Moms who stock their pantries on a weekly basis often forget about old packages of pasta or cans of beans stashed way in the back of the bin. Before cooking, I rarely double check expiration dates. However, an email alerting me to the dangers of old mixes had me lifting every box and can in my kitchen last night.

To see what happened to one child,


A mother who also happens to be a registered nurse whipped up a batch of pancakes for her high-school-aged son. While at school, the boy called his mom to tell her he was having trouble breathing. After a trip to the nurse's office, the paramedics were called and took him to the hospital. Pancake and cake mixes that have yeast can develop toxic mold spores over time. People allergic to mold may have a deadly reaction, which is why we all should pay attention to expiration dates. Luckily, the boy was all right.

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clew001 clew001 8 years
ewww ewwww ewww.
sensistar sensistar 8 years
haha When my husbands grandma moved across country, she gave us a bunch of items from her kitchen that she didn't want to take with her. Not thinking I put them all in the cupboard. One day when I went to use one of the items I saw that it had expired 2 years ago, then I checked all the other items and they were all expired too!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
My fiance hates the fact that if its a day over or the expiration date is approaching I will throw things away. Pinkerbell03 that is the case at my future in laws too, we have found things from the 90's.
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
My hubby and I are in the process of cleaning out the fridge at his parents house. We found stuff today that expired in the 90's!! We both got deathly ill at Christmas, I ended up in the hospital on Xmas Day actually, and now I'm beginning to understand why.
sensistar sensistar 8 years
I seem to get food poisoning very easily. So I'm crazy about checking exp. dates and not letting stuff sit around too long.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Wow, I just looked at my Bisquick and it expires in September. I would have thought it would last longer than that.
Moms Moms 8 years
I'm pretty crazy about expiration dates, but I'd never heard of this before. Thanks for informing us!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
this happened to a girl i went to college with. she ate some of the batter and got sick IMMEDIATELY. the resat of the family ate the pancakes and, cooked, and were fine.
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