‘Annual refrigerator purge’

ABC News’ Danny New spoke with the family sparking an online debate about when to throw out old food.
1:49 | 12/01/23

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- It's not all bad. - You are not-- DANNY NEW: A TikTok video that made millions of people say, wait, it's not just my mom? - As you could tell, I was less than pleased. - Get out of the fridge. No more. DANNY NEW: A few weeks ago, Alanna Barron posted a video of what she calls the annual purge, when she and her siblings clean out the fridge of their parents' home in Mammoth, California. - I don't like to throw things away. I will be the first to admit it. DANNY NEW: It turns out, her mother, Maria, thinks expiration dates are a bit loose. They're suggested best buy dates, suggested. ALANNA BARRON: August 2018. DANNY NEW: Inside the fridge was a bottle of sriracha from 2018 and a bottle of sesame oil from 2015, both of which Maria refused to part with. - Oh, you laugh now, but when you need sesame oil, where are you going to go to? - Yeah. DANNY NEW: Alanna says there was also six-month-old bread and some very old pickles. - Do you throw away a good wine from 2000? - But wine-- - No, you don't - There isn't a phrase that you age like a fine pickle. - Exactly. Exactly. - You have to stop. DANNY NEW: Within days, the video exploded to 11 million views, roughly the same amount of bacteria that you could find in the sriracha. However, thousands of comments poured in, supporting Maria, saying things like, quote, "Tossing that sriracha is an actual crime," and, "That sriracha was just getting good." - See? That's why I'm happy about this viral video. DANNY NEW: So after all this feedback, it looks like the purge will probably continue. - Oh, please. That is not going away, darling. - For the record, guys, according to the USDA, expiration dates are about, quote, "quality, not for safety," end quote. So they want you to evaluate each food before you throw it in your mouth. But you're not going to catch me evaluating an eight-year-old condiment.

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