Whole Foods and expiration dates
Has anyone else noticed that Whole Foods doesn't keep up on their expiration dated foods?
I've accidentally bought several expired items from my local WF in Sherman Oaks, CA. Now I'm very careful to inspect each item before I buy. I know that I should do that anyway, but I haven't seen expired foods so rampant as in this WF.
I've also noticed the WF label items (365) don't usually have expiration dates. Is this just a bad store in a good chain?
Yes....I too have bought a couple of products from Whole Foods with old expiration dates. However, now....it is not even old expiration dates...but future expiration dates that seem to be a problem.
I bought a gallon of milk last week from Whole Foods with an expiration of 2/23. On 2/21 it was sour! And when I mentioned it to their customer service rep, I would told that just because it says 2/23...doesn't mean it will be good until then!!!! How ridiculous! I will not shop at that Whole Foods again...and maybe not any Whole Foods.
It wasn't something I actually bought, and I didn't check the expiration date to see if it had passed, but while shopping at WF in Cleveland, I found a loaf of bread on the self that was completely COVERED in mold. Not talking a few little spots here and there, the WHOLE LOAF was green and fuzzy. Most disgusting thing I've ever seen in a market.
Wow I just got back from shopping at Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks and noticed the yogurt I bought is 2 days past the expiration date.
So I came online to check if that's an expiration date or something else but apparently this is a recurring issue at this store.
They should really start checking their dates!
Yeah, I've never noticed the expiration date issue. Never bought something that was even on the expiration date. It might have something to do with turnover rates and how busy one's local WF is. Mine is pretty busy at all hours of the day, so there's probably good product turnover for most things.
I don't really buy the prepared foods, but on the rare occasion that I do, I haven't noticed anything past expiration. Maybe one day away from expiration. I do find some things are cutting it close, but in the case of yogurts or dairy stuff, I never see it less than two weeks before the expiration date.
FWIW, I shop at my local WF weekly due to it being the only grocery store accessible to me without having to take public transportation, so most of my perishable food comes from there. I think it really just depends on management and how busy one location is.
On the other hand, four out of the five TJ's I've been to in my area have had expired stuff on the shelves despite all of them being super crowded most of the time. I think it's really just different conditions throughout different parts of the country.
Ok, I've got a great expired food story from WF. I went to the one in Union Square in Manhattan to get a carton of Fage yogurt for breakfast. The one I pulled off the shelf expired in August 2006....yes...a year ago!!!
Disgusting. I showed it to the manager and opted for just coffee!
YES! this is one of the reasons i try not to shop there. i hate paying rediculously high prices and get home and have to throw something out. it's absurd. and, my guess, is against the law. too bad there are no enforcers.
the other thing that makes me so upset there is that when they have meats on special, the acutal sticker they print with it typically is for either the wrong meat or for the unspecial price.
it's like you have to be a highly vigilent shopper to leave the store without being overcharged. and it definitely lessens the enjoyment of picking up groceries (which i actually like to do). i hate having to check up on everything. i just want to pick the food out and leave happily.
I certainly have noticed this! I love when the yogurt is two weeks past its date.
What I want to know is, with the stuff that comes to the stores prepackaged from their regional commissaries, how in the world does it stay fresh until the official printed expiration date? For example, broccoli cheese soup: packed on such-and-such a date in the commissary, shipped to a store, sits in the grab-and-go case... and the expiration date is TEN TO TWELVE DAYS afterward. And it appears to not have any preservatives. Can anyone offer elucidation?