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Something to watch out for when shopping:

Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
If you're buying groceries/pet food/anything that could expire make sure to check the expiration date!!

You'd think that store employees would be on this, but they're not. I worked for Walmart and a grocery store for a while and you wouldn't believe the amount of things I've found on the shelves that were expired. I found cans of baby formula that were months out of date. I accidentally bought some high-end cat food that was a month past expiration and everything they had in stock had the same expired date the next time I went back.

It seems like stores like Big Lots are much more responsible about these things than other stores.
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Taylor Taylor
I've found this too, even at nice stores like Whole Foods I have found this once or twice. I mean I understand it's probably hard to keep track of every item in the entire store, but it is still bothersome to find. I usually grab the food thats furthest back because it's usually the freshest.
08/23/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Taylor
I've found this too, even at nice stores like Whole Foods I have found this once or twice. I mean I understand it's probably hard to keep track of every item in the entire store, but it is still bothersome to find. I usually grab the food ...
Items in the back doesn't mean they're the freshest, checking the actual expiration date is the safest thing to do.

I've always check expiration dates on everything I buy, that's why it takes me forever to finish grocery shopping.
08/23/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Thats pretty funny you say big lots is more responsible when they are more of a last of stock always sale type store. I love big lots, they have a ton of gluten free flour as of now. At least at mine.

There needs to be more laws against this stuff. A lot of people just trust stores instead of checking and wind up sick. It really is a shame.
08/23/2011
JessCee JessCee
I would have never thought about this... I always just assumed the store took care of the products past their expiration date... glad you posted this!
08/23/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
Wow! Never even thought about checking them at the store. Great tip, thanks.
08/23/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
I've found this too, though thankfully not too often. I still make sure to always check the expiration date, because even if the items aren't expired, many times I've found things that expired within a few days and if I bought it most of it would go to waste anyway (there's no way I would drink a carton of juice in two days!) It never hurts to take the few seconds to check.
08/23/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
I'm a bit paranoid about expiration dates. Not only do I make sure to check the expiration date before purchasing the product, I also put things away at home with the furthest off expiration date at the back.
08/23/2011
BellaDonna2884 BellaDonna2884
I think it depends on the store. Some businesses operate under more ethical standards than others.
08/23/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by GenderSexplorations
I'm a bit paranoid about expiration dates. Not only do I make sure to check the expiration date before purchasing the product, I also put things away at home with the furthest off expiration date at the back.
Ha, ha, I do that too! I even use a Sharpie to write the date on the label, so I'll know which one to use first!
08/23/2011
Crystal1 Crystal1
I always check the date when I'm shopping and try to get the freshest available.

I've been buying organic milk lately, and noticed that the expiration date on those is WAY later than the dates on regular milk, like a month from now instead of 2 weeks.
08/23/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Quote:
Originally posted by BellaDonna2884
I think it depends on the store. Some businesses operate under more ethical standards than others.
I can tell you that from experience, Walmart doesn't check these things. I was a stocker for almost a year. We always pushed the products back on the shelf to put the new ones up and never checked the dates. That was up to the department managers who usually had too much to do to really check anything. This also happened at the grocery store I worked at. Older products were usually towards the back of the shelf.
08/23/2011
Wild Orchid Wild Orchid
I only once bought something that was way out of date - caffeinated candy for my Mum who needed something to rise her BP a bit (she hates drinking regular coffee). I just grabbed them, paid and run back home. Turned out they were a couple of months older than they should be.

I check if fruits and vegetables look fresh (I've had somebody try to sell me a lemon that was green for the second time in it's life ). I also check the dates on dairy and meat.
08/24/2011
js250 js250
Thanks for the post!! I am a grab and dash shopper, but will start looking at the dates!! A whole month expired - and your cat wouldn't have been able to say anything! At least with my food, I can say something!!
08/24/2011
hjtee hjtee
Why would anyone *not* check the expiry date. I always do, it's scary not to.
08/24/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
I am so weird about expiration dates! I won't eat or use anything that is even close to it!
08/24/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I too have noticed many expired things on store shelves. You think that they remove them, but I guess not! I complained to the store manager when I found 7 different products expired in one of my local stores. They fixed the problem.
08/24/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Quote:
Originally posted by Crystal1
I always check the date when I'm shopping and try to get the freshest available.

I've been buying organic milk lately, and noticed that the expiration date on those is WAY later than the dates on regular milk, like a month from now ...
Chemicals are keeping the milk fresher for longer. You would think organic milk would have less chemicals? I guess not. I stopped drinking milk of any kind. Too many chemicals...but thats another subject.
08/24/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
I check dates on things I know will go bad soon--milk, meat, cheese, cheese, refrigerated items--but I should be more diligent to check it all. I have bought just a few things that expired that day or shortly thereafter.
08/24/2011
married with children married with children
it happens at all stores. There are not enough hours in the weekly budget to spend the time needed to check all the shelf stock to pull expired product. This has to do with less money coming in. I always check the exp date on everything I buy. I also check the seal to make sure it has not been broken.
08/25/2011
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