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Chicago-Based Dominick's Supermarkets Under Fire For Selling Expired Food

Are You By-the-Book With Sell-By Dates?

Chicago may have been one giant icebox of a city this Winter, but that doesn't make its shoppers one bit more relaxed about sell-by dates. Dominick's, the Windy City's dominant grocery chain, has come under fire for selling food that's past its "sell by" or "use by" date.

Safeway-owned Dominick's maintains that "expiration dates on food products are largely based on quality, not food safety." Likewise, the US government doesn't require dates on most packaged food items, and the state of Illinois has no legal recourse against expired foods in supermarkets.

Both Katie and I are very lax about sell-by dates and see them as a loose guideline rather than a hard-and-fast consumption deadline — although I understand consumers' desire to want the freshest food possible. Where do you stand?

Source: Flickr User Lars Plougmann

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katiekat95 katiekat95 5 years
I am a stickler about use by dates. It's just one of those things....I buy my milk from a local creamery that lasts much longer than most milk. But anything else I will not buy after the date.
bsanf3 bsanf3 5 years
I've had to many things to bad long before the use date and others good LONG after the date.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I pay some attention to it, but I'm more likely to smell and base my decision on that.
dleighl dleighl 5 years
LOL stellaRuby - make your husband test it.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 5 years
I am with Katie. Food does not automatically spoil at the stroke of midnight, so I give it a sniff or make my husband test it and then go from there.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
I do the smell test. If it smells bad and it's past the date, then I dump it. But if it smells fine and it's past the date I use it. What can I say? I like to live dangerously!
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