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22 July 2017

Every wondered how ‘fresh’ your groceries really are by the time you buy them? Some of them may be older than you think…

EVER been lured into a supermarket by the delicious smell of freshly-baked bread? Don’t let your nose fool you – those “fresh” loaves could be up to a YEAR old.

Supermarkets use all sorts of techniques to cut costs but keep staple foods on the shelves.

Here, COURTNEY BARTLETT reveals some of the key groceries that might be older than you think.

Apples: 1 year

Apples could be up to one year old
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Apples could be up to one year old[/caption]

Many apples are treated with SmartFresh – a “produce enhancer” that pauses the fruit’s development.

Fish: 2 years

Your fish could be up two years old
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Your fish could be up two years old[/caption]

Fresh fish is kept on ice from the second it leaves the boat. Always look for a “previously frozen” sticker.

Prawns: 1 year

Prawns could be up to a year old
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Prawns could be up to a year old[/caption]

Frozen prawns travel 6,000 miles to reach us. It can take a year for them to be defrosted and sold.

Bread: 1 year

Bread could be up to a year old
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Bread could be up to a year old[/caption]

Don’t let the in-store bakery fool you – most supermarket bread is made with frozen, part-baked dough.

Carrots: 9 months

Carrots could be up to nine months old
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Carrots could be up to nine months old[/caption]

Carrots are often washed in chlorinated water before being stored at 0C to prevent decay and sprouting.


Lamb: 2 months

Lamb could be up to two months old
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Lamb could be up to two months old[/caption]

British meat arrives in shops roughly four weeks after slaughter, while New Zealand lamb is often two months old.

Bananas: 1 month

Bananas could up to a month old
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Bananas could up to a month old[/caption]

Bananas are still green when transported, usually from South America. Once chilled, they take a month to ripen.

Milk: 3 weeks

Milk could be up to three weeks old
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Milk could be up to three weeks old[/caption]

Filtered milk can last up to three weeks if unopened, while fresh milk is usually at least two days old.

Eggs: 1 month

 

Eggs could be up to one month old
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Eggs could be up to one month old[/caption]

To keep sandwich fillings fresh, eggs are boiled in bulk before being pasteurised to kill any bacteria.

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