30/04/2019. Always be careful what you buy and eat! Our health is at stake. We could notice in the old articles that the current life of the Tananarivians is quite hard, logically their consumption in general should decrease. However, lately, the products on sale on the market have not stopped increasing, exclusively food. As modest snoopers, we at Stileex Post have carried out a survey to see whether in Madagascar we go so far as to consume expired foods.
Tananarivians are very careful with the food they buy
It is already good news that most of the inhabitants of Antananarivo (91%) regularly look at the expiry date of the packaged products they buy. But there are still 5% who rarely do so, and even 4% who don’t pay any attention at all. In our survey, we found that 12% of the Capital’s citizens buy already expired products of their own free will. The first hypothesis is undoubtedly the current cost of living in Antananarivo. Following the consumption of already expired foods, 28% of these people have serious health problems.
Today, 86% of Tananarivians are fully aware of the danger of consuming expired foods, yet some still do. It’s hard to admit, but 12% of the population of the capital of Madagascar are not at all aware of the dangers of eating expired foods, mainly for their health.
Expired foods are bad for your health
In addition to those respondents who admit to buying expired products, 24% of the capital’s citizens also claim to eat expired products. Among them, 21% ate them unknowingly and 3% ate them intentionally. What is serious is that after consuming these expired foods, more than half of these citizens (62%) became ill. The rest of the Tananarivians (37%) have never had diarrhoea or other health problems, or at least not yet.
Some information, especially on the Internet, says that most foods that are a few weeks past their best before dates are not really dangerous to your health. But let’s always be careful! It is better to eat food before the expiry date.
Children’s products are the most consumed
The downloadable graphic above shows us that 95% of the citizens of the City of Thousand have never eaten expired foods. But there are still 4% who take some, but rarely. In fact, the expired products most consumed by these Tananarivians are cookies and wafers (32%), dairy products (21%), pasta and instant soups (16%) and canned goods (11%). Unlike meat and ice cream. In short, almost all of them are children’s products!
During the survey, an average of 90% of Tananarivians did not want to answer the question “what expired foods do you eat”. Too inappropriate for them, no doubt. However, this question is necessary in order to make the inhabitants of Antananarivo understand the dangers brought by expired foods. The objective is to change their behavior regarding the consumption of these expired products, and to keep them comfortable in the kitchen (as we saw in the survey on cooking and the Tanananarivians).
To conclude this survey on expired foods
After our survey of the capital with 857 people surveyed, the statistics in our hands prove that the people of Tananarivo are very careful about their health. They respect the expiry date of the products purchased to the letter. However, a rather high percentage of the citizens of the City of Thousand fall ill because of the consumption of these expired foods.
Fortunately, the majority of the inhabitants of Antananarivo are aware of the danger of these products. Especially since in Madagascar, food poisoning is considered a serious disease. Today, 97% of the people surveyed will throw away their expired products instead of giving them away or reselling them. According to the 76% of the Tananarivians surveyed, the quality of food deteriorates little by little once it is out of date. This is why, with the current pace of life in Madagascar, some of the inhabitants of Antananarivo prefer to consume “ready-to-eat” fast food products.