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Is Your Grocery Store Selling Expired Food?

Editor's note: This is a transcript of an interview on Friday afternoon's newscast.

Aired 11/4/11 on KPBS News.

Is your grocery store holding onto food long past the expiration date or relabeling those items to save the company money?

Is your grocery store holding on to food long past the expiration date, or relabeling those items to save the company money? Investigative Reporter Mitch Blacher with the 10News I-Team tells us what some Albertson's employees told him.

BLACHER: Basically, financial motivation trumping product safety. That some of the managers at the stores would get bonuses if they sell more product. That their money were based on how few products they threw away. Some of these guys were telling us that there were old products being left on the shelves until they sold. Sometimes the meats were repackaged and re-dated in order to sell.

JOYCE: How many Albertson's are we talking about?

BLACHER: There were three in particular. One in La Jolla and one in Spring Valley. What we found was some expired products. We found some cans of expired products. Some cans of expired products and then we found perishable items like meats and milk. Albertsons was extremely upfront about this. They were very forthcoming and cooperative with the investigation.

JOYCE: Is this a problem they are looking into? Are these people going to be fired?

BLACHER: First of all, they say that this is a very small part of their business. When people have post dated products, they have been fired

Reporter Mitch Blacher with 10News I-Team, telling us about the practice of how expired food at some Albertson's grocery stores was re-labeled by managers seeking bonuses.

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Missionaccomplished | November 6, 2011 at 9:32 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

Don't go much to Albertson's but I know for a fact IGA has sold expired product in the past. I remember seeing on one ocassion, raw oysters in a bottle! I wasn't shopping for them at the time although I did fail to bring it up to the manager. The vitamin store in that plaza in IB where the gymn is, as you turn toward Coronado, also sold expired herbs in capsule or tablet form, as well as expired vitamins. I don't know if the store is still there but this was very common for them at the time. Of course, they were marked down but they still sold them. Both of these businesses are/were owned by Iraqis of the Chaldean minority who are mostly concerned with making a profit even if not totally ethical.

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dianam1001 | November 12, 2011 at 9:05 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

We have a Christian fellowship that meets in our apartment building every Sunday, the Pastor is given this expired food from Trader Joe's, Von's, Albertsons....They pass it out to their members and some of the low income seniors in this building. They also host a Social Lunch each week and use this donated food. I will not touch the stuff and I will not let my husband touch it. We have no idea how it was stored once removed from the market shelves and it has caused a serious fruit fly infextation here. Fruit flies usually congregate when food is decomposing. I do not think the stores should donate this food to anyone other than an organization that they are sure will store it properly and serve or cook immediately. I am just waiting for the first case of food poisoning....the people here are so old and ill they probably don't know that they may be ill from the food. Just thinking about it makes me ill.

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