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How long will probiotics last in fridge?

Asked by curiouslillady21 (33points) February 27th, 2009

I have 3 bottles of Jarro-Dophilus probiotic capsules in the fridge. One has a use-by date of 2007, one 2006 and the other 2001. Yeah, I know. We didn’t realize we had 3 bottles, thought we just had one, and now I need to start taking it again and can’t bring myself to throw them away unless I know for sure they’re really dead. Do you know how expensive that stuff is?!
Any idea how long past the use-by date this type of probiotic will last in the fridge?

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Milladyret's avatar

If it’s past date, throw it out.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I would say those suckers are dead by now, and could only have an adverse effect.

The idea of ingesting encapsulated living microorganisms and bacteria that have been living in your refrigerator for 2, 3 and 8 years should answer your question. giggle. I’m suddenly thinking Zombie probiotics

dynamicduo's avatar

Those are all dead.

curiouslillady21's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock hahaha i love your answer. aaaggghhhh. i honestly hadn’t thought of it that way. that’s horrible… zombie probiotics ;-p
thanks i think i get the message—grit my teeth and bust out my check book :)

gooch's avatar

Toss those dead guys out.

Garebo's avatar

I say if you took them all, you would probably get 2% activity of the total you took. There’s alway an agar dish.

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