There are many foods which are termed “shelf stable”. These foods can last for years and “best before” labelling is quite irrelevant to such products as it has nothing to do with food safety, but rather food quality. Hence, perfectly safe food is often discarded because the perception is created that the food is no longer safe for human consumption, which is not the case.
This impacts negatively on food security, which is so important in South Africa and contributes to food waste, which is a globally increasing problem.
Dr Lucia conducted an interview for KykNet (an Afrikaans TV channel in South Africa) on this topic, in which she discusses this issue and clarifies a number of concepts.