Drinks consumed after ‘Best Before’ dates could be injurious- Food Science Lecturer
The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) has honoured outstanding engineers, non-engineering professionals and organizations for their valuable contributions and extraordinary performance in all aspect of the engineering profession.
The institution honored these individuals and organizations at its third Engineering Excellence Awards held on November 12, 2016 at the Engineers Centre, Roman Ridge, Accra.
Like any other awards night, guests were treated to a cocktail refreshment session after the presentation of awards to the deserving candidates on the night.
However, thecitizensghana.com’s reporter noticed that some bottles of drinks served at the event had outlived their shelf life period, meaning the drinks were served after their Best Before (BB) dates.
Bottles of drinks including Guinness and Alvaro had Best Before (BB) dates; October 2016 and January 2016 respectively.
The drinks were served in glasses and so guests could not have checked the dates before consuming it. More so, the waiters maintained that all drinks must be served in a glasses.
It is not clear if the organizers of the event and Sylbeck, the catering service providers on the night were aware that the drinks had outlived its shelf life and could pose serious health implications to consumers but still went ahead to serve them.
Meanwhile, a senior lecturer at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Ghana, Dr. Frederick Vuvor, noted that BB dates give the consumer a fair idea of the shelf life of a product thus the period within which the product can maintain its freshness, quality and nutritional value.
However, he added that after that date, there could be some deterioration because the normal product would have been changing to something else that will not serve as source of food or nutrient but rather come and harm the body, but it can only be ascertain through chemical or biological test in the laboratory.
“By that time, by their estimation, injurious chemicals would have be produced in the drink that may cause harm to the body,” he said in an interview with Thecitizensghana.com.
He offered that guests who consumed such drinks at the Engineering Excellence Awards see their Doctors so that he or she can recommend appropriate lab test to be carried on them.
He also advised those in the hospitality industry not to only be looking for money but must make sure that what they give to people to consume is wholesome.