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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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