In response to its ongoing recession, the Greek government is asking retailers to discount expired food. Greece's food safety board will extend final sell-by dates by as many as three months past the dates determined by the foods' manufacturers in order to help its citizens save money on food.
As NPR reported, some Greek activists reacted negatively to these austerity measures, saying that the new policy "forces food that supermarkets 'send to the pigs' on those who are already suffering." But some in the European Parliament have advocated selling nearly-expired food at a discount to help reduce food waste.
Fortunately, the new rules will only apply to non-perishable items such as pasta, spices and canned sauces. Selling food past its expiration date is actually already legal in Greece, as it is in parts of the United States and European Union.
If you are, perhaps, now reminding yourself to use the non-perishable items in your pantry before they expire, try the recipes in the slideshow above!