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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

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As both shops are excellent at reducing prices considerable well some days before sell by date, would be surprised if they have much wastage.
But the discounting is a relatively recent development. They began with it some time in the past 10 years. Before that, they threw out far, far more.
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Old 06.01.2014, 09:53
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

I worked in a supermarket for a while and on some days we threw away enough food to feed the entire staff and then some. On some days we needed an extra container as there was so much to throw out. It disgusted me because most of it was still perfectly good to eat. My girlfriend's parents ran their own store and they know that most food is still good to eat long after the "best before" date.

I was happy when management made a deal with a woman from a local children's home to come and collect what she could use on a regular basis.
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Old 06.01.2014, 10:46
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At our local shop, you'll often find that expired food is still on the shelves.

I would hope that this is not the norm across Switzerland.
I've never seen at Migros around here but have frequently seen out of date stuff at the COOP.

This is not a small local COOP but the large hypermarche one in town. On Saturday morning they had a lot of stuck marked down with the -25 or 50% stickers and a lot of it was just on the sell by date but before the use by date ( bought some nice meat at 50% off actually) but some of it was past the sell by date although still within the use by date but I think it's still illegal to sell it.
There were a couple of things we saw with a sell by date of 1/1/2014 use by 3/3/2014 and Saturday was already 4/4/2014 so these things should clearly have been removed from the shelves and not still be on sale. They were all fresh products in the fridge.
I have learned to be very careful about looking at the dates when shopping in this store. I'm quite relaxed about the use by dates and generally use my common sense when deciding whether to eat something ( worked in a lab where shelf life and use by dates were determined so know about the extra margin added) but I object buying stuff which is already 'theoretically' not fit to eat.
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My girlfriend's parents ran their own store and they know that most food is still good to eat long after the "best before" date.
"Best Before" doesn't mean it has gone off and is unsafe, it just means it can't be guaranteed that this particular product will be in the same, fresh state after that date. It just means it can be a bit mushy or has dried out slightly or has lost a bit of its taste, depending on the item.

Foods that could harm you when they're past their best are marked with the "Use By" date rather than "Best Before".
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

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According to the article, Nestle workers threw away thawed food worth 30k chuffs (after a power outage in a shop) after a charity organization had offered to take it for the elderly. Workers said that the food was unfit to eat because the cool chain had been interrupted.

The lady from the charity says she can't understand this and that the items were still frozen.

If they were still frozen or even just cold, surely people could've benefited from them (refrigerated the stuff and eaten it pronto)?!
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According to the article, Nestle workers threw away thawed food worth 30k chuffs (after a power outage in a shop) after a charity organization had offered to take it for the elderly. Workers said that the food was unfit to eat because the cool chain had been interrupted.

The lady from the charity says she can't understand this and that the items were still frozen.

If they were still frozen or even just cold, surely people could've benefited from them (refrigerated the stuff and eaten it pronto)?!
Yes but theoretically, even frozen stuff must be kept at a constant temperature. I think they wanted to be on the super-safe side..
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

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I would like to know what the supermarket in Switzerland like Migros, Coop ect... do with expired food.:
Sometimes it ends up in your basket/trolley. Watch the dates on items in shops like Migros and Coop. Items on the shelf are meant to be date-rotated, more often than not on some lines this simply doesn't occur and eventually when the older items do finally get to the front of the shelf they are expired. Having said that if you do notice expired food just after you have bought it, these shops will refund the full purchase price in cash.
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According to the article, Nestle workers threw away thawed food worth 30k chuffs (after a power outage in a shop) after a charity organization had offered to take it for the elderly. Workers said that the food was unfit to eat because the cool chain had been interrupted.

The lady from the charity says she can't understand this and that the items were still frozen.

If they were still frozen or even just cold, surely people could've benefited from them (refrigerated the stuff and eaten it pronto)?!
Probably not all foods require the same level of selectivity, but in many cases the Lebensmittelgesetz leaves no wiggle room, especially seafood can be tricky. And unfortunately, there's no incentive for Nestle - perhaps with the exception of avoiding articles like this.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

Having worked for a few major food production companies, this is a sad but realistic truth of mass production and corporate image.

Literally TONS of food will get wasted daily.

but one case of food poisoning, whether from a direct customer or secondary charity, can wreak havoc on the company. This can also devalue their brand worth if they put 'less-than-perfect' products with their name on it into the mass population.

In the long run, for the company it is an obvious economical decision to destroy any potential risk, rather than have to deal with the legacy of a PR nightmare.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

I know parts of Migros ship their bread (probably other food as well) to food-mills where they produce nutrition for pigs and such.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

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Sometimes it ends up in your basket/trolley. Watch the dates on items in shops like Migros and Coop. Items on the shelf are meant to be date-rotated, more often than not on some lines this simply doesn't occur and eventually when the older items do finally get to the front of the shelf they are expired. Having said that if you do notice expired food just after you have bought it, these shops will refund the full purchase price in cash.
Food does not expire. Most foods have a date to say when they will be best before (but perfectly safe to eat after albeit it with maybe a slightly different texture and taste such as in cheese), in some cases they have a packing date (as in fruit). Others like fish and meat will have a date at which you shouldn't eat after unless you are confident in your natural ability to detect by sight, smell and taste if it is likely to do you any harm.

But they don't expire.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

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Food does not expire. Most foods have a date to say when they will be best before (but perfectly safe to eat after albeit it with maybe a slightly different texture and taste such as in cheese), in some cases they have a packing date (as in fruit). Others like fish and meat will have a date at which you shouldn't eat after unless you are confident in your natural ability to detect by sight, smell and taste if it is likely to do you any harm.

But they don't expire.
The fish and meat have definitely expired.
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Food does not expire. Most foods have a date to say when they will be best before (but perfectly safe to eat after albeit it with maybe a slightly different texture and taste such as in cheese), in some cases they have a packing date (as in fruit). Others like fish and meat will have a date at which you shouldn't eat after unless you are confident in your natural ability to detect by sight, smell and taste if it is likely to do you any harm.

But they don't expire.
Maybe they don't expire for you, but I'd rather have a cash refund and buy fresh than risk it. If it is expired and it's not refrigerated for example, it means it could have been there months or even years. It's poor stock management as well.
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Maybe they don't expire for you, but I'd rather have a cash refund and buy fresh than risk it. If it is expired and it's not refrigerated for example, it means it could have been there months or even years. It's poor stock management as well.
Must be a real chore having to go to Germany each time though
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Must be a real chore having to go to Germany each time though
Nonsense! Why would it be a chore if I have to go there anyway for shopping and other business?
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