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Former employees of supermarket chain Coop have said that they were occasionally ordered to take old packaged meat off the shelves, repackage it and put it for sale again as fresh meat, even after the expiration date.

Read the full article: Coop caught selling old meat as new

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Re: Coop caught selling old meat as new

I'm not surprised to be honest. Where I used to work in Ireland (in the butchers section of a large supermarket chain), we often minced old meat (ie about to expire or aleady expired a day or two) and put it out behind the counter. When customers then bought the meat the price tag then added another couple of days before it would "expire".

I never understood how they got away with it all the time ,though to be honest, the meat tasted fine and I never felt ill the few times I ate it. I'm not really squeamish about this type of thing and actually believe that often the use by date is very pessimistic or just plain wrong (like maple syrup that always seems to expire about a month before pancake day...).
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I'm not surprised to be honest. Where I used to work in Ireland (in the butchers section of a large supermarket chain), we often minced old meat (ie about to expire or aleady expired a day or two) and put it out behind the counter. When customers then bought the meat the price tag then added another couple of days before it would "expire".

I never understood how they got away with it all the time ,though to be honest, the meat tasted fine and I never felt ill the few times I ate it. I'm not really squeamish about this type of thing and actually believe that often the use by date is very pessimistic or just plain wrong (like maple syrup that always seems to expire about a month before pancake day...).
Maple syrup is one thing, but meat!!
Another good reason to be vegetarian.
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Re: Coop caught selling old meat as new

Waste not want not...

I don't see a problem... Saturday half price shopping at 4pm in coop is the time I go to the super market
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Re: Coop caught selling old meat as new

as a student I also worked for a large supermarket chain, and this was common, don't know if its changed now but then the managers used to get into real s**t if they over ordered and had to throw stuff away, so if it was near its date it was taken back down stairs and repackaged. this was back in the day when we had real butchers etc on site, so probably can't happen now
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Re: Coop caught selling old meat as new

I know that you picked up the title from the Local but shouldn't it be "Coop accused of selling old meat as new"?

Not to defend Coop, but I don't see anywhere in the article where an independent or government authority "caught" Coop doing anything. Seems to be a "he said / she said" situation with no proof.
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Re: Coop caught selling old meat as new

What gets me, is that in all the pictures they show about Coop getting caught selling old me as new there is somebody holding meat without a glove or a utensil.
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Re: Coop caught selling old meat as new

Choose your cow and get it sent ASAP - can´t get any fresher than that - http://www.mycow.de/

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111104-38645.html

5kg for EUR75 plus EUR15 shipping to Konstanz / Basel border area for beef.
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What gets me, is that in all the pictures they show about Coop getting caught selling old me as new there is somebody holding meat without a glove or a utensil.
This doesn't bother me as much as incorrect storage, for example. Coop meat counters don't handle money so there is no contamination there. As long as there are hand washing facilities in use, there is little risk from clean, ungloved hands.

I think I have read on here a link showing that people who use gloves are less precise with their hygiene, relying on a false sense of security with the gloves or tongs.

In all of this stupid episode and high indignance by the media somehow trying to scaremonger I haven't read of any outbreaks of food poisoning.

If there had been outbreaks of E-Coli or Salmonella I think I would have been slightly more concerned.

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Choose your cow and get it sent ASAP - can´t get any fresher than that - http://www.mycow.de/

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111104-38645.html

5kg for EUR75 plus EUR15 shipping to Konstanz / Basel border area for beef.
Fresh beef?? No thanks - why doesn't anyone mature the meat any more? Slaughter house to plate in an afternoon
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This doesn't bother me as much as incorrect storage, for example. Coop meat counters don't handle money so there is no contamination there. As long as there are hand washing facilities in use, there is little risk from clean, ungloved hands.

I think I have read on here a link showing that people who use gloves are less precise with their hygiene, relying on a false sense of security with the gloves or tongs.

In all of this stupid episode and high indignance by the media somehow trying to scaremonger I haven't read of any outbreaks of food poisoning.

If there had been outbreaks of E-Coli or Salmonella I think I would have been slightly more concerned.



Fresh beef?? No thanks - why doesn't anyone mature the meat any more? Slaughter house to plate in an afternoon
Well, for one, the media here does a fine, fine job at downplaying and under-reporting anything. I once observed a lady stocking shelves, when she was called to the meat counter. She didn't wash her hands, handled meat, then went over to the cheese counter to cut up some cheese with the same knife and then went back to the meat counter.
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Well, for one, the media here does a fine, fine job at downplaying and under-reporting anything. I once observed a lady stocking shelves, when she was called to the meat counter. She didn't wash her hands, handled meat, then went over to the cheese counter to cut up some cheese with the same knife and then went back to the meat counter.
I've never seen anyone slicing cheese in a supermarket with a knife. They have a cheese slicer...

I'm not saying there aren't flaws in the process, same as everywhere else, but the point is that correct hygiene does not preclude handling meat with ungloved hands.

You have to admit the system can't be that bad otherwise people would be dropping like flies. Sometimes you have to not dwell on the isolated incidents and look at the bigger picture.

The media would lose even more face if they reported every tittle-tattle tale that the great public reported to them.
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I've never seen anyone slicing cheese in a supermarket with a knife. They have a cheese slicer...

I'm not saying there aren't flaws in the process, same as everywhere else, but the point is that correct hygiene does not preclude handling meat with ungloved hands.

You have to admit the system can't be that bad otherwise people would be dropping like flies. Sometimes you have to not dwell on the isolated incidents and look at the bigger picture.

The media would lose even more face if they reported every tittle-tattle tale that the great public reported to them.
Well, IMO, Switzerland should drop the 3rd world process and get up date (ah yes, where to start, where to start).....mind you, people are not dropping like flies, but they do tend to get sick fairly frequently.
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