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Aug 4, 2008 08:31 AM

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

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. 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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    1. re: rillettes

      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.

      1. re: lagatta

        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).

      2. re: rillettes

        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...)

        1. re: rillettes

          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.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            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.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              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.

              1. re: maisonbistro

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

                1. re: lagatta

                  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