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7,842 6/14/13 11:05 P
That's terrible!!! I always check the expiration date.
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138 6/14/13 10:43 P
That's gross. I've never really looked at the expiry date except for dairy products.
I once took back a box of bread machine mix that had been expired for a year (my sister in law had bought it but forgotten it, she didn't have money to buy another). The grocery store had no problems returning it, they didn't even seem to care.
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58 6/14/13 8:51 P
I used to work in a grocery store, and I know for a fact that they are constantly finding things hidden in the back and putting them out anyway. I can't imagine something being in a freezer for 5 years, but still, I've found expired stuff being put on the shelves. You should see what we find during inventory! The vendors get docked if they have expired stuff that hasn't sold, so they stick it way in the back behind everything. Only when we have to take everything off the shelves for inventory do we find it. We would box it up and put it for them to take back, and the very next week, they would be putting it back on the shelves. I turned one of them in their company for it, and he was fired. I actually bought the product and mailed it to the company with the receipt of purchase, along with the story of how I had seen him hiding expired merchandise. The coffee vendors were horrible! If a vacuum-packed bag has its seal broken, they are supposed to take it back, but we were always finding them on the back of the shelves.
We constantly check expiration dates, and even though the store is also supposed to check, we check everything.
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9,919 6/14/13 5:00 P
It pays to pay attention to what we buy . I once bought pop and it was outdated by three months . I took it right back and they said they did not believe me but I did shop there all the time and they honored the bad pop and allowed me to get fresh and new .
I usually look at expiration dates, but not always when I am in a hurry. This has made me realize that I should at all times!
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158 6/7/13 5:06 P
I especially look at dates with milk. I buy the large gallon ones so want them not to spoil before I can use them up. Sometimes it will say expires in 4 days (I know you have several days after expiration date to use it without going bad) but they put the ones close-est to expiration date in the font so I take the ones in the back that give me 5 days longer than the front ones.
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9,644 6/7/13 4:55 P
In the end, it really boils down to consumer responsibility. Sad, but true. I, too, check dates on almost everything. It makes me crazy when "use by" or "sell by" dates are coded so a consumer can't figure them out, at least very easily. THAT, in my humble opinion, should be required to be changed by the manufacturers!!
I check the dates on everything I buy and I routinely find stuff that's out of date (or nearly expired) that they are selling at the grocery stores (or Target, when I get groceries there). Just in the past few months, I have found outdated cheese, outdated yogurt, outdated bread (some of it had mold on it), packs of vegetables past their expiration date. I complained about outdated cheese in a Target about a year ago because they would always have several packs of expired cheese hanging up. Nothing changed. They kept on selling expired product. Costco, as much as I love it, I really watch the dates on things I buy there, especially the vegetables. I cannot tell you how frequently I find outdated vegetables or ones that are expiring on the very day I'm shopping at Costco. The last time I looked at potatoes there, there were bags of their sweet potatoes that smelled rancid and were rotting/wet to the point where the entire bottoms of the cardboard containers they were in were wet and drippy. But, it's not just a Costco and Target thing. I find plenty of expired things at traditional grocery stores too.
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4,712 6/7/13 10:17 A
now I'm pretty much programmed to check expiration dates and nutrition labels on everything, even at home. I 'rotate the stock' in the cupboards, but DH does not. And he's really bad about NOT reading labels or checking dates.
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5,774 6/7/13 10:12 A
Whoa! Ewww! I don't eat frozen meals too often, but that's definitely a good reminder to check expiration dates even on those!
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35,919 6/7/13 10:07 A
I Love frozen meals but I don't eat them often because of the high salt content.
That's good that your store makes them check dates like that and good to hear that no one has lost their jobs means they are doing their job. In my case definitely someone was asleep at the wheel not just the store but the manufacturer.
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1,412 6/5/13 11:57 P
I work in a pharmacy, which we carry baby foods, milk, dairy etc. The clerk associates must check all dates in certain departments every 3 days. if District Manager comes & in finds anything in those particular above mentioned the person is fired on the spot.So far we they are good at checking & every one has their job!!! Judy
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46 6/5/13 4:51 P
I check expiration dates on everything even cake mixes, cereals, etc. because you can get very sick from some outdated things. It is not worth taking a chance with our health.
I don't think that the grocery store is holding the product for 5 yrs, this was definitely the manufacturers fault. I agree the grocery store should of caught it but it never should of left the company 5 yrs later... Just goes to show we have to check the labels very carefully... I was shocked and disgusted, because my son eats that frozen dinner only in my house...
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218 6/5/13 12:49 A
That is the grocery store's job to check for that. If you had expired product, I would be going after the grocery store not the manufacturer. They put the dates on there and expect that the stores are going to be doing their job to rotate the product.
My son likes the stouffers meat sauce and spaghetti so I bought 2 packages of it and when I went to open it one day I noticed that it just didn't look right it was greyish in color, opened up the second box same... Well I kept the boxes cause I wanted to call on them and get my money back, so today I did so and realized that the GOOD BEFORE USE DATE WAS JULY 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had just bought these maybe 2 months ago!!!!!!! I was shocked to see the date on it and almost didn't call because I was thinking they're not gonna believe me, but I said noway I just bought these this is 5 yrs old these people have to be accountable for what they let out of the building. I called up and the guy was in shock he asked for all the upc code numbers and manufacturing numbers, he was actually stuttering, he must of realized that wow this lady is telling the truth. He apologized a lot for what had happened, I said to him well I'll tell you one thing it's made me more aware to look at frozen dinner expiration dates because I can't believe they got away with 5 yr old product being sent out. I honestly don't think it was a mistake in the date because the product didn't look right. So make sure you check the expiration dates on your frozen goods it could be a matter seriously being ill.....
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