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jack2012
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Expired food in stores

Post by jack2012 » Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:23 pm

Hi,

What are the rules for shops in Finland regarding expired food? I have noticed in Arab and Chinese/Asian shops having expired food for sale with some discount.

If it is possible to report then the link would be appreciated.

Kiitos :)



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Re: Expired food in stores

Post by rinso » Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:31 pm

jack2012 wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:23 pm
Hi,

What are the rules for shops in Finland regarding expired food? I have noticed in Arab and Chinese/Asian shops having expired food for sale with some discount.

If it is possible to report then the link would be appreciated.

Kiitos :)
Many food items are labeled; "best before ..." Shops can still sell them (with discount).

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Re: Expired food in stores

Post by jack2012 » Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:46 pm

Does "best before" not mean expired when it comes to food?

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Re: Expired food in stores

Post by heretostay » Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:15 pm

jack2012 wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:46 pm
Does "best before" not mean expired when it comes to food?
No it doesn’t. It just means less than optimal/ quality not guaranteed after this date. Manufacturers want you to think this is expirations and so you throw it away and buy more but it definitely is not. Last use day (viimeinen käyttöpäivä) is different and that means expired.

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Re: Expired food in stores

Post by agroot » Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:16 pm

I have accidentally bought expired food with no discount or special label from K-chain a few times. Looks like they just forgot to remove, and I got diarrhea :D

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Post by riku2 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:21 pm

in english there is a difference between a date marked as "best before" and a date marked as "use by" - and finnish language labelling has the same concept.
best before - shops can sell it after the date although it might not taste as good as it could. this date helps shops sell the older dated products first. dried/tinned products are normally in this category. "best before" is related to quality but not safety.
use by - the food may be unsafe after the date. normally anything dairy / fresh meat / must be kept in a fridge falls in this category. shops must not sell it (even at a discount).
I regularly eat marmelade, packets of dried risotto rice, curry paste 2 years past their "best before" date without any problem.
Chicken/yoghurt even a few days after it's use by date - you are asking for trouble!


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