Why does Morton Salt Sugar have dextrose

Millions of years old salt with a shelf life of only three years?

Almost all packaged foods have a best-before date (best before date). This is prescribed by the EU Food Information Regulation (LMIV). The supplier of a food thus promises that the food will retain its “specific properties” up to this date if it is stored correctly. Only a few foods are excluded from this, for example salt, sugar, vinegar, wine or schnapps. They are considered practically non-perishable.

Best before date: not mandatory, stated anyway

Even if a best before date is not stipulated, a provider can indicate it voluntarily. However, this is not always useful information for buyers. For example, salt from the Himalayan mountains or the Kalahari desert, which is said to be more than 200 million years old, has a best-before date of just a few years. It cannot be assumed that its quality will noticeably change or even spoil after the expiration date - always provided that it is properly stored. It is not recommended to throw away the expensive salt - up to 20 times more expensive than normal table salt - because it has expired and replace it with a new one.

The exception to the exception: salts with additives or ingredients

Salt can be millions of years old and in its pure form it has an indefinite shelf life. Since it does not contain unbound water, it does not provide a breeding ground for microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that cause food to spoil to multiply.

In this country, however, table salt is often provided with additives such as iodine (in the form of iodate), fluoride or folic acid. Corresponding information such as “With fluoride”, “Iodized table salt” or “Iodized table salt with folic acid” can be found on the packaging. Added iodate reacts to iodine under the influence of moisture and oxygen. The color and smell of the salt can change and the iodate content indicated on the packaging may no longer match. In the case of iodized salt or salt with other ingredients, for example herbal or spice salts, a best-before date must therefore be stated.