|Purred: Wed Aug 29, '07 12:01am PST |
|While I do not condone a business selling expired food, pet or human, it is possible that the food isn't physically harmful at all. Some human food expiration dates refer to the "freshness" of a product, which could simply mean that in no longer tastes quite the same as before it expired. It is even possible, although I do not know how probable, that the date refers to what ever number of days the company has tested the product for shelf life, and since it didn't test anything longer, it can't prove or guarantee that it would last longer than the expiration date. (The latter point also applies to drug companies. To many companies, especially high quality ones, expiration dates are conservative.)
Foods that certainly have expiration dates that really matter are perishable foods (meats, dairy, etc.). When these foods expire, the issue is more likely to be bacterial or fungal growth that could cause sickness. Even these, however, usually last longer than the expiration date reads, if stored properly.
In addition to writing the food company, as Alix suggested, you should bring up your concerns to the store itself. If the store is ready to sell expired food, they should also be ready answer questions that customers might have regarding the safety of their products. Most stores would appreciate honest feedback about something that may turn a customer away, especially if this is a store you shop at regularly.
Hope this helps.
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