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    Default Always check the use-by date!!

    Yesterday we ran out of cat food so went to a (very popular) pet store chain to pick some up.. They were out of the BARF that we usually feed so I just bought a roll of pre-mixed VAN for him.

    We got home and my partner cut off a bit and gave it to the cat, he told me that it really stunk and I (stupidly) just told him that 'kangaroo mince does stink a fair bit'. Then a few minutes later I walked past the cat (who was still just staring at his food) and the smell was absolutely revolting.. I checked the use-by date and it was for back in JULY!!! We're in October now!

    We took it back to the pet store and they refunded it for me, they only had 1 more roll left in stock, which was also out of date, so I'd hate to think how many seriously out of date rolls of 'fresh' food they had sold... What really worried me was that it was 'kitten' food, and I really don't think you could get away with feeding food that has been out of date for 3 months to a young kitten without some sort of issues.

    They refunded my money for the roll but made me pay for the replacement food I bought (I've worked in retail before and was always under the impression that if you gave somebody something that was 3 months out of date, you refunded and replaced for free ) So lesson learnt here.. always check the date before you buy 'fresh' food!

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    Yuk.....thats not cool, even if its 'just a cat' eating it.

    I was in so much agony with a sore tooth the other day i used some clove oil drops on it....the expiry date was Feb 07 !! To much pain to care...still worked though !!


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    Good advice - 'Kristy.Maree' !

    I always thought that it was illegal to sell food items past their use-by-date !
    Regardless - very slack on behalf of the pet store !

    I was trained at a very early age to check the dates - ma & pa were pros at it - even to the point of getting stuff from the back of the shelves !

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    Not good. And as far as I'm concerned they should have replaced the food for free with profuse apologies. My experience is that these big chains don't give a crap, people seem to shop there anyway, so reputation means nothing to them. There are similar clothing stores I've shopped at (big chains) and they have no interest in dropping the price for slightly soiled or damaged items - it all just goes back to head office and then to one of their retail outlets. Full price only.

    Bring back the little guy I say - a business owner who cares about the quality of the produce he sells and has a reputation to consider. Somewhere where the person with the money still has a little power. These guys almost have a 'you're privileged to shop here' attitude. I resent that.

    Plus I have massive problems with the poor animals these guys sell - we all talk about puppy mills, but has anyone seen the poor Bettas (siamese fighting fish) in these places in CUPS!! Plastic cups for gods sake. Absolute fallacy that thats ok for these fish - but see if you can find a shop attendant that has a clue about that.

    Oh yeah...this was about out of date product. Sorry for the rant KM, didn't mean to hijack the thread.

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    At least you can trust cats to not eat food that's off! Would've been even worse if it was dog food.

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    I thought of this thread today. I'm an idiot.

    I ran out of rabbit for the cat who is on an elimination diet. So I went to the nearest butcher that sells them and bought 2. They were 20% more expensive there than even at the fancy organic butcher. And when I asked them to cut it up for me, the woman used scissors at first!

    The cat wouldn't eat it. I thought she had gone off her food after being left when we went camping. I offered her the same rabbit for 3 days, twice a day and she only had a little nibble once or twice. Today I discovered that not even Banjo will touch it! And when I put a bag of rabbit from our usual butcher on the kitchen bench, the poor starved cat tried to run off with the bag! It's not just pet stores that sell dodgy meat!

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    A friend of mine worked as a butcher for a while.

    He said that anything marinated is already on its way out. Dont buy it. Buy fresh stuff and marinate it yourself.


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    I really value a good butcher. Hate buying meat at the supermarket. I know some dodgy butchers and I know a couple that I really trust. I do buy some marinated stuff occasionally but that butcher is so busy, I doubt much of their meat is kept long enough to get a chance to go off. Most butchers I go to only occasionally have fresh rabbit and they sell out in 2 or 3 days. I often buy it frozen and get them to use their saw to cut it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    A friend of mine worked as a butcher for a while.

    He said that anything marinated is already on its way out. Dont buy it. Buy fresh stuff and marinate it yourself.
    Marinated or crumbed is usually on its way out or fatty as hell. Then it goes into pet mince along with anyones lunch they don't eat
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    It is very illegal to sell food that is past its use-by, I don't think the pet store noticed.. ie. young staff member (like usual) grabbed a box from out the back and stocked the shelves without checking the date. I never usually buy from these big pet store chains but it was a public holiday and every where else was closed.

    I always check the date on eggs, milk, anything on special etc but it would take hours to do the shopping if I checked the date on everything! I guess I've always assumed that when you buy something, you should be able to keep it for a few days before it goes off. It seems I didn't learn my lesson though, last night I went to a big supermarket to buy some milk and was out of my homemade dog food so bought a pack of those preservative free balls (4 legs?).. We went to feed them to the dogs and then realised the use-by date was 12th October and I ticked 'no receipt' at the self-serve checkout so I couldn't return then! I will definitely be checking the date on any 'fresh' meats from now on!!

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