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Tesco Fined £7.56m for Selling Out-of-Date Food

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Really surprised to read that Tesco repeatedly sold out-of-date food in 3 of their stores in Birmingham.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-56806641

Once or twice you could perhaps put down to an oversight or human error, but 22 times in approx 12 months??

Do you often spot out-of-date food being sold in your local supermarket?

HappyTravels
17 days ago
What do you think of this?
neo1
neo117 days ago

Would love to know how long past the expiry dates the items had been

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
Original Poster
17 days ago

neo1 me too. Perhaps there weren't enough staff on shift to catch the soon to expire food?

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Pppathome
Pppathome17 days ago

They want to concentrate more on our takeaways around are town centres

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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17 days ago

Pppathome sorry not sure what you mean? Do you mean takeaway dishes from Tesco or completely separate and independent takeaway shops?

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ACR
ACR17 days ago

That seems like an overly excessive fine. It's probably not much fun for staff in those particular stores at the moment. Although Tesco recently won first place in the best sausage category of Good Housekeeping's Summer BBQ Taste Test for their Fire Pit Chorizo Sausages, so things always balance out in the end 😉

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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17 days ago

ACR duly noted 😊 Can't recall seeing them the last time I was in Tesco but I'll look for them next time.

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tumblespots
tumblespots17 days ago

I take it these items weren't in the reduced section, where this could have been expected and probably massively reduced?

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
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17 days ago

tumblespots yes I wondered that too. Mind you, things normally get snapped up pretty quickly in the reduced section, at least they seem to in my local store.

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Mango4
Mango417 days ago

I suspect this was staff error rather than a deliberate act by Tesco themselves. Like all store they are reliant on staff following correct procedures.

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
Original Poster
17 days ago

Mango4 yes probably an influx of new starts that were unaware or still to be trained in that aspect of the store's guidelines. I reckon most supermarkets have coped admirably with things over the last 12 months.

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GSM
GSM17 days ago

Mango4 completely agree. I have seen out of date products in other supermarkets as well.

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE17 days ago

I'm really surprised and this seems a massive fine ...Tesco is my main store and I have don't think I have ever, in maybe 35 years, seen out dated items .... tho I have seen a fair few elsewhere. I agree with ACR and Pppathome re probs staff error and definitely, look into take aways!

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HappyTravels
HappyTravels
Original Poster
17 days ago

BORDERJOE take aways within Tesco or takeaway shops? I think the fact it seemed to repeatedly occur over a prolonged period in 3 stores indicates it was a staff shortage, staff oversight or perhaps staff training issue. Maybe also a staff retention issue. Who knows?

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE16 days ago

HappyTravels Yep I agree ....when I mentioned takeaways, I was meaning takeaways generally .... not just Tesco ...my mind wandered off to some of the places I've seen.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana17 days ago

I've had a few instances at the cooperative store near to me where I've gone to pay for reduced items and they have refused sale because they were past their use by date and I think once or twice I have actually bought items that were past their use by date (next day) but still used them. I've never had this situation with any other store and I think convenience stores probably have this more often than normal supermarkets because of less footfall. However I've had fruit and veg from Lidl in the past where I don't think there was even a use by date on the packaging and when I've got it home it was part rotten and I've had that on quite a few occasions in the past. I haven't used Lidl for quite a while now so may have changed.

If that hasn't changed it seems Lidl would be immune from prosecution purely by not providing a 'use by date' on their packaging for some items I guess because fruit and veg is exempt because you can also buy it loose. Some of the fruit and veg was in an appalling state though and looked like much older fruit and veg was mixed in with more recent.

I guess it depends on the food but you see videos on youtube where people cook very expired food grabbed from bins of supermarkets and they have no issues and it can be days past the use by date.

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE16 days ago

That's a good point .... about places with no dates on .... now I'm wondering if it's obligatory for meat etc but not for veg ...need another google 😀

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock17 days ago

I’ve seen things that were out of date in Sainsbury’s. If there are staff available I tell them and they immediately remove them. They won’t sell out of date produce at reduced prices (unfortunately).

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Nadiaparveen
Nadiaparveen16 days ago

Ouch!

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cocolgooh
cocolgooh16 days ago

This is really common in supermarkets near me. I find out of date items all the time. Staff don’t seem to care and refuse to give a refund if you’ve bought something out of date (such as the biscuits I bought last Christmas without checking the date and found they were dated January 2018! When I opened them they were a crumbly soggy mess, but they claimed I must be returning something I found at the back of my cupboard. I wasn’t, and they were still selling the same biscuits dated that far back!)

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lucyeva72
lucyeva7216 days ago

I've seen meat in Lidl that has gone a funny colour, obviously past their use by date, and also fresh chicken in trays on the floor, with no staff around. A serious health hazard to both.

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Lynibis
Lynibis16 days ago

I remember Christmas food shopping at tesco about 3 years ago and picked up a box of shortbread. It was about 2 weeks before Christmas and I assumed they would be well in date but found they were already past the BBE. They had obviously been put away from the Christmas before as they were in Christmas packaging.

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davewalsh126
davewalsh12616 days ago

I found a whole box of the vacuum packed peshwari breads in Sainsbury that had sell by dates in the past- the assistant was quick to remove them though.

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Mariam91130
Mariam9113015 days ago

Yes unfortunately, seen it twice in Tesco these last months.

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