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Sell by dates in Tesco

(29 Posts)
Madmartha Tue 26-Jun-18 19:35:00

Picked up a package of celery today in Tesco and couldn’t find its sell-by-date even though it said it was ‘on the front’.
Found the fresh food manager who said their new policy was not to put on sell-by-dates as there was too much waste in their stores. He said it would be the same soon with meat although he personally didn’t like the idea and the same initiative (sic) was happening at Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s too. Apparently Tesco customers had said they buy fresh produce by sight not by sell-by-date! Well I don’t, and I want those sell-by-dates back, how about you?

aggie Tue 26-Jun-18 19:50:39

I wouldn't look for a sell by date on celery or any other vegetable , just look and a surreptitious squeeze would indicate if I wanted to buy

kathsue Tue 26-Jun-18 19:50:59

I like sell-by-dates so I can go through the produce and pick out the freshest. However I wouldn't throw food away just because it was past its sell-by date if it looked ok.

Fennel Tue 26-Jun-18 20:01:13

Since moving back here I've started to shop at Tesco regularly.
I often buy fruit and veg. which is reduced because over the sell buy date. No problems up to now, apart from a little damage on a new Jersey potato today.

Moocow Tue 26-Jun-18 20:09:09

I find a use by date helps me make decisions. I will feel very wary about buying raw meat with no guide date. Thinking about it, why can't they simply change the dates to "guide date"?

kittylester Tue 26-Jun-18 20:10:31

Who needs sell by dates. It's very wasteful!

Bathsheba Tue 26-Jun-18 20:12:13

Sell by dates are really not necessary on the majority of foods - heavens, how did we manage years ago? Why do some of you say you wouldn’t throw out food past its SBD? I’ll tell you why - because you’re perfectly able to judge for yourself whether or not the food is still ok. Ergo, SBD’s are not necessary wink
Having said that, I would not be happy to see them go from meat and fish, but as long as there is still a use by date, there shouldn’t be a problem.

ninathenana Wed 27-Jun-18 09:14:43

I agree 'sell by' dates are superfluous particularly on fruit and veg. I do think 'use by' is useful though.

gmelon Wed 27-Jun-18 09:24:15

Use by is fine with me.
I would actually be happy with no date at all but understand the shops need use by, it is probably needed for stock control.

wildswan16 Wed 27-Jun-18 09:56:39

I do look at "sell by" when buying packaged products as by picking the latest date I know I am getting the latest delivery and therefore the fresher product. However, I also use my eyes and fingers and much prefer to buy loose rather than packaged.

"Use by" dates aren't so useful as they are often far too early and food is perfectly safe for days afterwards.

moggie57 Wed 27-Jun-18 11:15:53

you can see by colour and texture. too much food is wasted.

eazybee Wed 27-Jun-18 11:25:47

I rarely bother to look at sell-by dates, too used to local butcher's shop where food and vegetables are displayed un-packaged.

ninathenana Wed 27-Jun-18 11:44:18

I messed up in my earlier post.
I should have said 'best before' date is useful.
We ignor 'use by' prefering to go by smell, apperance and maybe a tiny taste. H throws caution to the wind and will happily eat sonething 'best before' even 5-6 days past the date. He's suffered no ill effects up to now.

rockgran Wed 27-Jun-18 12:20:07

I use my senses - including common sense. I agree that too much food is wasted by using dates on the packaging.

goldengirl Wed 27-Jun-18 12:27:59

My older GC are obsessed with dates on food and won't eat perfectly good stuff they find in my fridge if the date is even 1 day out so I'm really pleased that such information is being removed. Common sense reigns on something at last!

Pittcity Wed 27-Jun-18 14:08:11

Why don't they take it out of the plastic? We don't look for dates on loose produce!

Blondiescot Wed 27-Jun-18 20:16:04

Sell-by dates are meaningless - if you need to look at a date, it's the use by date you need to look for. But I'm with everyone who says use your common sense - all these dates just lead to needless food waste.

Jalima1108 Wed 27-Jun-18 20:20:14

What Pittcity said!!

muffinthemoo Wed 27-Jun-18 23:05:19

Please leave the use by dates on milk though to avoid the Lumpy Surprise Special cup of tea

annep Wed 27-Jun-18 23:36:26

Very often I use vegetables and fruit long after the date I bought them. But I like a date on the produce so that I pick the freshest, otherwise you may buy something thats been there a day or a week. You just don't know. Sorry but I will go to the market or local shop if they do that. I definitely want a date on meat or I will NOT buy.

Bathsheba Wed 27-Jun-18 23:50:07

I was clearing out the fridge today and found three opened jars, all saying things along the lines of "refrigerate after opening and use within...." 5 days/2 weeks or whatever. Two of these were not just days after opening, not even weeks, but months (buried at the rear of the top shelf of the fridge and forgotten blush). They were umami paste and harissa paste. The third was pesto sauce, three weeks old, and should have been used within 5 days of opening. They all looked absolutely fine, and smelt absolutely fine, but I threw them all away. Was I being too cautious? What would others have done?

annep Thu 28-Jun-18 04:56:27

Bathsheda I think you did the right thing.

NfkDumpling Thu 28-Jun-18 07:13:48

I was reading not long ago (in some waiting room mag) that sell by dates on fresh stuff are too stringent as they’re there to cover the store selling stuff which may possibly be starting to deteriorate. Use by dates are equally over stringent as they have to assume the food isn’t correctly stored once its in the home. There’s always at least three days leeway. I ignore them.

Open jars of stuff like pesto and pastes, that have lurked at the back of the fridge though I do take a bit more notice of the dates as there’s additives in them with long names and I’m not a chemist! I think you did right Bathsheba.

Pittcity Thu 28-Jun-18 07:34:01

When did everything start to be dated? We all survived childhood without them....

OldMeg Thu 28-Jun-18 07:36:26

No sell by dates on meat coming next? Can’t believe that!

I never bother with sell by dates on vegetables, but some fruits eg strawberries, raspberries, I’d like to know they’re not going to grow a furry skin by next morning.

And as for chicken way am I buying a chicken without one. Who knows what’s lurking beneath that plastic coat...well we do, don’t we? At least 50% in some stores carry nasty bacteria.