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Stores that sell already expired goods, is this even legal?

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emerilcantcook Aug 4, 2008 08:31 AM

Now, I am not going to name names (because it will guarantee the removal of this post), but if you have been following some recent discussions you might probably guess where I am talking about.

There is a store I go frequently because of their selection, but they have started pissing me off a lot. One reason is that this store also seem to frequently sell expired goods. I am not talking about one or two weeks, a recently bought Valrhona bar had expired on Dec 2007 (no wonder it was on sale, so stupid that I didn't check the dates). I had seen jams that expired around 2006. Now most of these goods actually stay "fresh" long after their expiration, and I am not timid about it. But isn't it illegal to keep expired items on shelves? More importantly, next time if I am burnt, can I return them, even though their old school receipt has no itemization?

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  1. rillettes RE: emerilcantcook Aug 4, 2008 08:51 AM

    There's an "old european" store on St-Laurent that I completely avoid for this very reason. I think they take advantage of folks who like cheese but who have a limited budget (who doesn't?), so they get rid of their to-be-expired-tomorrow produce with their 2 for 1 specials.

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      lagatta RE: rillettes Aug 4, 2008 09:09 AM

      Well, I'm fairly certain I know what shop you are talking about there. Actually, I like ripe cheese, so that particular practice does not bother me in the least.

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        emerilcantcook RE: lagatta Aug 4, 2008 11:53 AM

        Yep, usually the cheese that is approaching the expiration date is just right for me. There is no point to eat stinky cheese that is not yet stunk.

        However, selling a jam that had expired 8 months ago is another thing, especially when the said jam turned green (instead of the original yellow color).

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        cherylmtl RE: rillettes Aug 4, 2008 09:10 AM

        But in the case of their highly-priced imported jams (to take one example) they are long-expired, and not marked down at all. Personally, if I paid $18 for a French jam that had expired many months ago, I'd be more than a little annoyed...(paying $18 for the jam in the first place would be painful enough, especially as you can find them sold for a bit less elsewhere these days).

        I think it says something about the store itself, and if they are selling clearly marked expired foods as such, imagine what they are selling that isn't marked (ie - the charcuterie and cheeses behind the counter...)

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          SnackHappy RE: rillettes Aug 4, 2008 09:18 AM

          I don't see anything wrong with reducing the price of foodstuffs nearing their expiration date. I find great deals on all sorts of things at my local grocery stores. Especially in the morning when you can buy yesterday's meat at 50% off.

          On the other hand, coming home from the Korean grocery to realise your kelp noodles expired 7 months ago is another story.

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            lagatta RE: SnackHappy Aug 4, 2008 09:55 AM

            Loblaws and Provigo are doing the impecunious, meat-eating hound a great favour and reducing waste by marking their last-day-of-sale meats (and some other things, such as cheeses) 50% off. I don't think I'd buy ground chicken or turkey under those conditions, but obviously for beef eaters, your steak or whatever can probably age even a bit more...

            These goods are NOT past their date, just before it - normally they should be perfectly good.

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              maisonbistro RE: SnackHappy Aug 4, 2008 09:59 AM

              OOoh, it's not yesterday's meat, it's meat with an expiration date that day. What a bargoon. If you stick it in the freezer right away, it's a fantastic way to stock up.

              Stay away from the St. Jacques location. That one's mine. All mine.

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                lagatta RE: maisonbistro Aug 4, 2008 10:06 AM

                maison, you know I live at the other end of town...

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                  maisonbistro RE: lagatta Aug 4, 2008 12:48 PM

                  Nope,I didn't - but that's one less person I need to follow around the store and steal from the carriages from.

                  NO!! I've never done that. Honest!! Wanted to, but never ever did. NEVER

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