Do You Inspect Food Items Etc. Before Purchasing?

Canada
May 15, 2007 12:42am CST
Are you one of those people who just grabs an item from the shelf, or do you examine it looking for damage, or possible tampering? Do you reach in behind the front items, for one further back, that's been handled less? I tend to check each item, and am also inclined to reach behind the front item, to take the next one. I sometimes order my groceries online, and have them delivered. I have run into a 'few' problems with this. A couple of years ago, I received several loaves of bread, that had been clearly 'eaten into' by SOME SORT OF RODENTS. There were droppings, and teeth marks on the bread. I complained to customer service, and got a $20.00 credit, after it happened more than once. I now deal with a different online grocery service. Has anything like this happened to you, while shopping in person or online? Please share your stories.
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• United States
15 May 07
i do check some products-even if it's burst open,i reject it (not only for tampering,but sometimes things are missing). i also check for tiny little holes now from bug invasion in cereal/grain type things. we had gotten a bad moth problem many years ago from them. i guess i'm a bit more cautious now after that tylenol scare all those years ago.
• Canada
15 May 07
I'm pretty careful about checking products these days too, as I've had too many problems with things not 'being right.' I've also had pasta bags split open, dirt on packaging etc. These were also items that were delivered from an online grocery service. I've also heard about someone having moths getting into cookies one time ... yuck. The Tylenol scare was a terrible thing, but at least it caused the companies to put seals etc. in place so that evidence of tampering would be there. Thanks for sharing.
• Canada
15 May 07
I always check for dates on dairy products and have been known to reach further to the back to see if there are better dates. I also do this with pre-packaged lunch meats,etc. I don't like buying crushed boxes or dented cans unless it was me that dropped it and then I use it right away. I also carefully inspect my produce before buying.
• Canada
15 May 07
I'm careful in checking dates too heavenschild. The disadvantage to having delivered groceries, is that I have no control over these dates. I agree, produce is another area that care needs to be taken in. Thanks for your response.:)
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
15 May 07
Luckily I have never experienced any bad food to date. I am the grab it off the shelf then run kind of shopper. I don't check for dents, ripped labels, open boxes etc. I feel if it's a damaged package then I can return it back to my local grocery store. Iv'e ran across boxes opened slight;y but the interior warpper secure still. I've had dented cans etc. These were all gladly refunded by my store. Now as far as something clearly destroyed by a "critter" Oh my gawd I sure would have something to say to that stores management. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• Canada
15 May 07
You've been very fortunate Grandpa Bob. Sometimes I think 'things like this' are drawn to me like a magnet (haha). It's great that stores will give a refund when this type of thing happens. It was soooooooooo gross when I found that rodents had gotten into that bread. Thankfully, the guy on the phone at customer service was equally horrified, and gave me that credit. Thanks for your response.:)
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
15 May 07
Well take that magnet back for a REFUND then I say. Hahahahaha!
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• Canada
15 May 07
Good idea Grandpa Bob ... thanks.:)