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Old 12-30-2015, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Does anyone else come across this often? The two main offenders that I see are Target and Trader Joes. I was at Target yesterday buying a yogurt for breakfast and the sell by date said 12/2/15. They were only a month off. I looked and the shelf was full of stuff nearly a month past the sell by date. I told an employee and he said, oh ok thanks.

At Trader Joes I recently bought some pre-packaged grilled Teriyaki chicken and forgot to look at the date. When I got home I saw it said 12/12/15 (this was around Christmas). The stuff stank bad. I'm wondering how common is this? I guess some of these stores don't check this sort of thing and just wait for customers to report it?
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Old 12-30-2015, 03:21 PM
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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There are certain things that I'd have no problem buying past the posted expiration or "sell by" date. Yogurt and fruit juices probably aren't among those items.
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Old 12-30-2015, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I recently bought a package of frozen cheesecake bites at Sam's. When I got home I discovered it was six days past the sell by date. They are still tasty and being enjoyed by friends and family.
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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There are certain things that I'd have no problem buying past the posted expiration or "sell by" date. Yogurt and fruit juices probably aren't among those items.
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I recently bought a package of frozen cheesecake bites at Sam's. When I got home I discovered it was six days past the sell by date. They are still tasty and being enjoyed by friends and family.
Agree with both of you here. I'd eat frozen stuff past the sell by date.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Depending on how the product was stored and handled makes a big decision for me buying sell by date products. Liquids I avoid after sell by dates, solids are usually good for a long time, especially frozen. There is no law saying they have to pull the mdse off the shelves. Many times it's a selling ploy to get the stores to pull and re-order.
Did you know that a store can sell food past the expiration date?
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Does anyone else come across this often? The two main offenders that I see are Target and Trader Joes. I was at Target yesterday buying a yogurt for breakfast and the sell by date said 12/2/15. They were only a month off. I looked and the shelf was full of stuff nearly a month past the sell by date. I told an employee and he said, oh ok thanks.

At Trader Joes I recently bought some pre-packaged grilled Teriyaki chicken and forgot to look at the date. When I got home I saw it said 12/12/15 (this was around Christmas). The stuff stank bad. I'm wondering how common is this? I guess some of these stores don't check this sort of thing and just wait for customers to report it?

As a cashier I do see this once in a while but not often. Maybe because most people don't look at the "sell by" date? Could be more than I know. I think part of the problem is that stockers don't check the date on the product when it's delivered/shelved. They just want to get it onto the shelves. Maybe they should.


Most things shouldn't go totally bad soon after the sell by date. I know I use older stuff all the time and still here to tell about it. lol
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Make it a practice to look at the dates and you'll have nothing to worry about.

About yogurt ... it's already spoiled, so it has a longer life than most dairy products. I'll eat it a few weeks past the date on the carton if it looks and smells OK.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Depending on state law, many states have it make it unlawful to be on the shelf past that date. Most chains follow the most stringent law in the US and do it country wide as a policy to do so.

A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.
A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
A "Use-By" date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.

Food Product Dating
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:17 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I deliberately look for stuff that's about to expire; I get a great discount on it. No store in my area will sell me food that has already expired.

I eat stuff all the time past its sell by/use by date. Even dairy products if they pass the sniff/texture test.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:38 PM
 
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Does anyone else come across this often? The two main offenders that I see are Target and Trader Joes. I was at Target yesterday buying a yogurt for breakfast and the sell by date said 12/2/15. They were only a month off. I looked and the shelf was full of stuff nearly a month past the sell by date. I told an employee and he said, oh ok thanks.

At Trader Joes I recently bought some pre-packaged grilled Teriyaki chicken and forgot to look at the date. When I got home I saw it said 12/12/15 (this was around Christmas). The stuff stank bad. I'm wondering how common is this? I guess some of these stores don't check this sort of thing and just wait for customers to report it?
This is my husband's obsession. He works in an industry where it's his job to check dates and update product, so he does that in every store he goes in. He will gather together all the expired product and deliver it to the Service Desk. I'm sure they hate to see him coming. He finds expired product in every store he goes in. Just yesterday, he found soup that expired in 3/15. Yikes.
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