Food products that are past their best before at Cheap as Chips

So I went into my local Cheap as Chips today and noticed they had a lot of American imports like cereal and confectionary, but the majority of it was already past its best before.

Anybody know if Cheap as Chips will mark down their prices at all if you call attention to this? Also, are American cereals (considering they were probably produced last year) past their best before still all right enough to eat? I'm morbidly curious.

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  • +1 vote

    More often then not they will take it and remove it from stock as a matter of OHS. Obviously it'll still be fine but they won't take those chances.

    On that topic, which one is selling American cereals? I was in the Ballarat one today and the one in Echuca last weekend and didn't see that! I would've snapped them up if I did!

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      It was at the Echuca one, they had quite a few, including cinnamon toast crunch, peanut butter cheerios, this honeycomb one, lucky charms…

      It was a pity, every box was around a month out of date unfortunately, as well as all the other imported stuff (or was soon going to be out of date anyway). Makes me wonder if they stocked expired stuff…?

  • +4 votes

    I'm assuming the American cereal is of the sugared variety? Mate, I'm sure that'd be fine for bloody ages.

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      hehe yeah I doubt frosties will go off, its coated in sugar! or sugar coated in some cereal

      however if it has nuts or fruits u might worry a bit more

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      I'm assuming the American cereal is of the sugared variety? Mate, I'm sure that'd be fine for bloody ages.

      This.

      I’ve had poptarts 2 years past best before and only issue is they took maybe an extra 30 seconds in the toaster. Flavour and texture was the same.

      • +2 votes

        Heck, in Walking Dead they are still eating processed food 10 years after the zombie apocalypse. Probably not far off reality, minus the zombies.

  • +8 votes

    If it was past the "Best before" date all it means is the quality of the product may not be 100%, product is normally 100% safe to eat/drink.

    Cheap as Chips won't mark the price down because of that.

    That's one of the main reasons their stock is cheap, it's either past its best by or very close to its best by date.

    If, however, it was past the "Use by" date the product is supposed to be discarded by that date as it may be unsafe to consume. Cheap as Chips, or any other retailer, aren't supposed to be selling it.

  • +2 votes

    I'm curious - why do you think the place is called Cheap As Chips?

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      The cereals definitely weren't cheap (imported ones never are), which is why I was wondering if it was worth picking up a year old cereal if it was going to taste naff anyway

      • +2 votes

        Oh, here I was thinking it was a shop like Not Quite Right (NQR) where they sell offloaded goods. Most stuff there is near expiry (hence the cheap prices) but still consumable. Personally, the appeal of American products seems dubious. Meh, go nuts I say.

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          Nah, the cereals seemed to be all going for $15 or thereabouts, which is pretty much the standard I see lolly shops/USA food importers sell for

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            @Murgatroyd: Is that $15 per kilo approximately? BTW, don't any Australian cereals have enough sugar for you? :-P

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            @Murgatroyd: They'd probably be perfectly edible, but that's a rip-off even if it was straight off the line. Easier to say as someone who grew up in NA and tried them all, but I don't think I'd ever pay more than $10 fresh for something I missed the most like their Honey Nut Cheerios.

  • +1 vote

    Anybody know if Cheap as Chips will mark down their prices at all if you call attention to this

    Its cheap as Chips for a reason! So no.

  • +1 vote

    I'm morbidly curious.

    … .and potentially morbidly obese.

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    There's a few USA import stores near me and virtually everything on the shelf is past the best before by at least a few months. "Best Before" is no problem though, only "Expiry Date" they should pull from shelves. I got a few cases of Cherry Coke and some US snacks and has been alright.

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    From .Gov.au

    Most foods have a best before date. You can still eat foods for a while after the best before date as they should be safe but they may have lost some quality. Foods that have a best before date can legally be sold after that date provided the food is fit for human consumption.

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    Best before dates are something create by food manufacturers to get people to throw out perfectly good food and spend money buying more

    • +2 votes

      Not really. It's marked "Best Before" because they want consumers to know what they're products are supposed to be like, and that if you eat something past that date, don't blame them if the food is stale. There's a lot of brand reputation caught up in this.

      • +1 vote

        Problem is that a lot of people don't know the difference between best before and expiry, like for example my wife and her family when I first met her. She would check the date and throw away anything that was past its best before because "it is off". I hate to see food wasted

    • -1 vote

      You don't think coke tastes better when it hasn't gone flat and that biscuits/chips don't taste better when they're not stale? If you wanna have some shitty (in terms of nutrution) food/drink you want it to taste delicious.

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