Do you believe the expired date printed on the products? Will you check it?

@sasalove (1710)
China
October 26, 2009 8:11am CST
When I go to the large supermarket, I did not quite pay much attention on the products expired date. As I believe there is a perfect testing system running around so that the prouduct quality can be guaranteed. But one day I realized that the product date printed on the pork packaging is the future date. From that time on, I do not quite believe in the date they printed. And I heard that the expired date should have 3 month space between the period that products born to the printing. Do you believe the expired date printed on the products? Will you check the expired date before you checked out? Or do you think there is a trick for the expired date? Share your comment.
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74 responses
• Indonesia
30 Oct 09
Hi sasalove I always check the expired date, It is my habit since elementary school. I got the lesson about that expired date and since that day, I never buy a produce without check it's expired date first. My mom is the one who really care about this and I guess it affect me too, always say "expired date,,expired date, check it first!" when she and I go to supermarket. I don't really believe supermarket always check the expired date on all the products there, so better to take care and check it. My brother ever bought a bottle of milk and when he drank it, it taste sour. That milk already expired for 5 days! I believe expired date
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@sasalove (1710)
• China
2 Nov 09
Thanks for your reponse. You have a good habit while you are in elementary school, it is your mum's contribution there.. It is horrible for the milk and the medicine if the products are expiry. I will also check it carefully before I check out just in case my stomach will be the vitumn of my carelessness. Have a nice day.
@Esmechan (53)
• China
5 Jan 10
I supposed the date you saw should be the expired date, instead of production date. Accually, they should be in the future. Otherwises, the products had been expired and the supermarket could be accused as defrauding customers. According to my shopping habit, i always check about the expired date. Since i wanna to find a new-promoted product, rather than the products that will be out-dated soon.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
6 Jan 10
Hi EsmeChan,You have a very good habit to view the expiry date before you check out. Basically if we went to the supermarket, it will pay high attention on the quality and expiry date otherwise it may cause the law suit. Thus I will go to the supermarket to buy the milk or perishable goods. By the way, your avatar is very Q, I like it. Have a nice day.
• China
8 Jan 10
haha, if i got more monty, i'll have more fun during the shopping. Yes, the photo is cute, i like it .
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
27 Oct 09
The main dates that I pay attention to is the dairy products and certain canned food. Where I live they have what they call day old bakeries. It is cheaper to buy from these places. We know if bread is going bad. These items are mostly bakery products and sometimes even some brands of chips.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
28 Oct 09
I seldom take the bakery bread as I know it is made from the expiry bread for that. Though it is not expensive, but I don't think it is good for health. Thanks for your response and have a nice day.
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
28 Oct 09
These are actually not bakery bakery items but like the enclosed bread that you would normally get. Natures Own, Betsy Ross etc. Alot times they call it day old but if you look at the dates it may have a couple days left on the bread. It is just that supermarkets after they get a week before or so of the date they will turn them back in for fresh. Which they are still fresh dates.
• India
27 Oct 09
Yes i always check the expiry date.It safer that way .
@sasalove (1710)
• China
28 Oct 09
Thanks for your response and happy mylotting.
• India
28 Oct 09
Thank you :-)
@aerous (13464)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
I always check the expiration date, my friend. Because a customer or consumer we need to be aware of the products that we buy. I don't think if they make a trick in label of the items we purchase...Have a great day!
@sasalove (1710)
• China
27 Oct 09
Thanks for your response and have a good day too.
@aerous (13464)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Okay! It's my pleasure for that compliments...Have a nice day!
@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I check the expiration dates on fresh foods only, for chemically processed preserved food I usually don't, because I know it will last a few months after the expiration date.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
27 Oct 09
Thanks for your response and happy mylotting.
@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Your welcome, happy mylotting too!
• United States
26 Oct 09
I always check the expiration dates on everthing in the grcery store everytime i go.What do you think about when you see the managers specail marked down on meat products and maybe it expires in one day or the expiration date is the same day or one day old?Do you think it is still safe to use?
@Downwindz (2229)
• Netherlands
26 Oct 09
Personally i dont mind buying products from the fridge which expires the following day if it is 50% off, because in most cases it will still be in very good condition for cooking. But i would never buy products which has expired the date stamped.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
27 Oct 09
wow, I don't think it can have 50% off though it is over the expiry date if the food is kept in the refrigerator.
@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
I always check the expiry date of the products I buy. But it is still allowable to use the products most products have a one to two months allowance.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
27 Oct 09
Thanks for your response and happy mylotting.
• China
30 Oct 09
Last time my mom picked out about 10bags of sausages from the fridge and asked me to check if it was still allow to use. Unfortunately, the expiry date had already gone! Then my mom sighed and said, "Help me throw it into the dustbin. I feel so sad that I don't dare to throw it away!"Yep, we believe the expiry date and every time we buy things we will check the expiry date. It's a must for food products, we think.
• United States
12 Jan 10
If something is expired, I won't use it. I always check the date on products before I buy them.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
14 Jan 10
you'd better do that before you check out.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Yes, I check the dates because I have found expired items that the stores are trying to sell. I don't want to buy expired products. If perishable items aren't handled correctly, obviously, they can become bad before their date. Some stuff you can use a few months afterwards. Talk to you later.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
4 Jan 10
Hi Callarse, Surely we don't want to buy the expired products if we have realized about that. Sometimes we are unlucky to find the expiry products, but neglect and then check out.And my may not return the goods as it would be hassel if you would like to return the products.
@mayka123 (13202)
• India
2 Jan 10
I very often forget to check the expire date on products while buying from the supermarket. And when I remove the product to use at home and if the kids happen to see the expiry date they do not allow me to use it.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
4 Jan 10
I agree with your kid's behaviour. The perishable products if they expired are really not good for health. Better to throw it away if you recognized the expiry date is approaching. Otherwise we may spend much more money on the hospital.
@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
All the expire dates in the super market had better be a future date. THey are not really "expiry" dates, but "best before" dates, meaning the freshness will be best before that time. They are not always accurate though. I have had milk go bad before the date, and I have drunk milk that is a week past the date. I believe the date is there for that is when the grocery store should take it off the shelf. Cheers.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
22 Nov 09
You are correct, most of the products on the shelf showed the" best before" date only, but not the "expiry" date. I think the manufacturing date is also not the real production date as it will state two or three month after the production date. That is why we should take the food before the "best before" date. Do you agree with that?
• Indonesia
13 Nov 09
dates are often not expired note by the seller,so we are required to carefully before buying
@sasalove (1710)
• China
22 Nov 09
You are correct, we should be careful while we check out. Once we left the grocery shop or the supermarket, it takes much effort to calm if any problems on the food we bought. Have a nice day.
@sheetalnr (589)
• India
7 Nov 09
This is quite tricky because most often then not, the expiry date is accurate. But sometimes the date of manufacturing turns out to be a future date. In those cases i feel that the wrong label or tag has been used or printed on the product. In all, they are accurate.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
8 Nov 09
It is quite a big mistake if the date is expiry or they put the future date for the manufacturing date, it would be a great excuse that they stick the wrong label only. We should be careful while we buy the medicine in the pharmacy or the milk in the supermaket. If the date is expiry, it will be really bad for our health. Do you agree? Have a nice day.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
2 Nov 09
i check it to make sure it will last a while with me before it starts to get old. you can still use the product a couple of days after the expiration date, but not too long afterward.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
2 Nov 09
Better not to take the expiry products if it is close to the expiry date or not too long afterward, it will hide the risk that you may not predict in the future. Have a good day.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
30 Oct 09
Most meat products show the date they were packaged not the date they will go bad. If you put meat, poultry or fish in the freezer when you buy it you can keep it longer.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
30 Oct 09
I think so. Thanks for your response and have a nice day.
@taraelocin (1139)
29 Oct 09
It depends how out of date it is and on the type of product. With fruit you can tell if they are still okay to eat or not. With meat I'd be more careful. When food can be frozen I also buy it from the supermarket the day before the expiry date as it is cheaper and then freeze it. Anyway, it's the 'best before' date not the 'don't use after' date, so I think there is some flexibility.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
30 Oct 09
It is very hard to measure the flexibility always. Have a nice day.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I always check the date. My husband works for a mass retailer/grocer and he is a fanatic about the dates on products. I know some are expiration and some are sell by dates but unfortunately they don't always specify which is which. Luckily he is pretty "educated" about it because of work. You have to be so careful with food ...it is not worth getting really sick because of an overlooked date.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
29 Oct 09
Thanks for your reminder. Have a nice day.
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
28 Oct 09
I always check the expiry date of the products I buy.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
28 Oct 09
Thanks for your response and happy mylotting.
• India
28 Oct 09
Yes i do see the expiry date on the products. But i mainly see expiry date on medicines. also i see expiry dates on the Bread and milk also. i have never see expiry date son other things.
@sasalove (1710)
• China
28 Oct 09
Thanks for your response and have a nice day.