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Ex Trader Joe's president to open store selling expired food
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/27/14 | Adrienne Cutway

Posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:08 AM PST by traderrob6

The former president of grocery store chain Trader Joe's is hoping to make healthy food more accessible to the working poor by opening a store and restaurant that sells expired food, according to Fox News.

Doug Rauch's endeavor is called The Daily Table and will open in Dorchester, Mass. come May.

The food sold and prepared at the store will only be items that are deemed unsellable by other grocery stores. That includes items that are past their sell by date and items in damaged packaging, the TV station reports.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
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Hope their liability insurance is paid up.
1 posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:08 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

Expired oysters.

What could possibly go wrong?

:)


2 posted on 01/27/2014 8:18:33 AM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: traderrob6

While I don’t think there is anything wrong with the food, I do wonder about the legal issues.


3 posted on 01/27/2014 8:19:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Just get an EO from Bammy.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 8:20:07 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: traderrob6

Do Twinkies expire?


5 posted on 01/27/2014 8:22:24 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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6 posted on 01/27/2014 8:24:07 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: traderrob6

There are a number of “not-too-well-known” stores that already do this. My philosophy on this is, if the food is packaged, the seal is not broken and if the expiration date
is no more than 12 months past due, it’s OK. No frozen or fresh foods, of course.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 8:25:07 AM PST by davisfh
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To: Resolute Conservative
37 year old Twinkie.
8 posted on 01/27/2014 8:26:31 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Resolute Conservative

I love Trader Joe’s. When did this guy bail? I hope they don’t change anything.

Well, they used to carry chocolate UFO’s, but no more. Anyone remember those? The story I got was the machine that made them wore out.


9 posted on 01/27/2014 8:27:38 AM PST by JohnnyP
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To: traderrob6

Would be interesting to see the same done with meds, which I suppose may already go overseas to developing markets.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 8:28:10 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: traderrob6

I buy about all my meats from Kroger and WalMart that are at their expiration dates. I visit both stores most mornings to find the best deals. Otherwise, I couldn’t afford it.

I’ve eaten cans of soup, meats, etc that are over a year past their sell-by dates and haven’t had any problems.

You can bet your bippy at some near day in this country’s future, people aren’t going to be so worried about ‘sell-by’ dates - they’ll be worried if they can even get the expired stuff.


11 posted on 01/27/2014 8:28:55 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Paladin2
Yet, critics have accused Rauch of taking rich people’s food, repurposing it, and selling it to the poor, something he just shrugs off.

LOL gotta love the liberal think. Better to let them go hungry than bruise their fragile egos.

I feel zero shame about going to the local veggie farm and stand and rooting through their bruised or imperfect produce that is going to feed his hogs. I stand right there next to the hog pen and salvage what I can while tossing the true trash to the piggies. I walk away with bushels of tomatoes, peppers, broccoli etc. I bring it home and cut out the bad parts and can, dry, or freeze the good stuff.
12 posted on 01/27/2014 8:30:09 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: davisfh
There are a number of not too well known stores that already do this

Job Lots is pretty good at it, with a lot of quality selections. I think some of their stores are better than others, depending on the neighborhood.

13 posted on 01/27/2014 8:31:33 AM PST by grania
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To: Resolute Conservative; Salamander; TheOldLady
"Do Twinkies expire?"

They take frequent naps and occasionally play dead, but they *never* really "expire."

14 posted on 01/27/2014 8:34:16 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: traderrob6
No good deed every goes unpunished. Especially in Massachusetts!

Even if nobody gets sick from the food, this poor guy is going to get all sorts of abuse from those who will accuse him of being condescending to the poor by offering them "expired" food while the privileged 1% go to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods to get the fresh food.

This is going to be a train-wreck of epic proportions.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 8:35:05 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: traderrob6

They already have a chain in Western NY that does this... it’s called Tops Friendly Markets.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 8:35:31 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: shibumi
"Do Twinkies expire?"

E's just pining for the fjords.
17 posted on 01/27/2014 8:35:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: traderrob6

I’ve got a place like this right down the street. Grocery Outlet.... http://www.groceryoutlet.com/Oakland-CA/

They are great. Canned veggies for 49 to 69 cents. Usually just days past the sell-by date.

And they sell fresh stuff as well...bread and the such.

You just have to pay attention to what you’re buying.

What I love most about them is that they carry a lot of unusual products....turnip greens, collards etc...


18 posted on 01/27/2014 8:35:56 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: davisfh
There are a number of “not-too-well-known” stores that already do this. My philosophy on this is, if the food is packaged, the seal is not broken and if the expiration date

At my local supermarket, meat that is at, or just before, its expiration date, gets a discount sticker. It's still fine if you're going to use it that day.

19 posted on 01/27/2014 8:37:47 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

I remember going to the bread store (Wholesome outlet) with my granny so she could load up on day old bread. She took it home and stuck it in the freezer.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 8:39:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Gaffer
buy about all my meats from Kroger and WalMart that are at their expiration dates

Roger that. I figure that so long as they look OK (that's the MOST important), and they're prepared or frozen immediately, they'll be fine. I get great steaks at my local store that way, all the time. 'Tis pretty much the only way I can afford them.

Don't get me started on dry, prepared foods (think, rice dishes, etc) with sell-by dates on them. It's dry. It's sealed. What the heck is going to happen?

21 posted on 01/27/2014 8:39:24 AM PST by wbill
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To: cripplecreek

Or ‘E’s gone joined the choir indigestible.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 8:40:40 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

HA!


23 posted on 01/27/2014 8:43:48 AM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: JoeDetweiler
.turnip greens, collards

Turnip greens and collards are unusual?

24 posted on 01/27/2014 8:44:46 AM PST by Overtaxed
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To: JohnnyP
"When did this guy bail? I"

TJ's is owned by Aldi.

25 posted on 01/27/2014 8:45:29 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SamAdams76

He may as well save himself some trouble, and just put his money in a pile and set it on fire.

Get ready for a diarrhea class action lawsuit.


26 posted on 01/27/2014 8:46:24 AM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: traderrob6
Sell by and Expired/Use by are two different things.

Sell by indicates when the store should remove an item. Many such items still have days or more of viability.

Expired/Use by indicates that a product is no longer fit for consumption.

Many items, especially in cans, are still edible years after their sell by or use by date. The contents may be discolored and/or have a change in taste, however.


27 posted on 01/27/2014 8:47:32 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: traderrob6

Hey —guess he didn’t get the memo. The poor all get EBT cards now and eat better than the rest of us.


28 posted on 01/27/2014 8:48:41 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: wbill

Weevils and meal worms/moths.

I’ve wandered into the kitchen to found a swarm of tiny moths fluttering around, before.

A search turned up a box of sealed and airtight dark chocolate brownie mix with an entire civilization thriving inside.

All dry goods have some kind of bug eggs in them.

Freezing the stuff *might* extend the shelf life.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 8:49:08 AM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: traderrob6

I was very surprised to find this as common practice in Canada (Quebec anyway). You can go into any store and find expired food, marked down, next to premium food, much the way that food nearing its expiration date is sold in America.

OTOH, be careful buying “ice cream” in Canada. Just like “Cool Whip” sells oil-based “desert topping,” what looks like ice cream isn’t ice cream unless it clearly says all-dairy ice cream on the label.


30 posted on 01/27/2014 8:51:02 AM PST by dangus
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To: Gaffer
True story. Meat canning was invented during the Napoleonic Wars. A London Museum found a well preserved tin in the basement in the mid 1930s over 115 years old.

Being curious about the longevity of such things, they fed it to one of the cats which the museum kept for rodent control. The cat suffered no ill effects.

Lasting even longer than canned food is the dried food. I have stuff in my basement with advertised 25 years of shelf life. There is no danger in eating it even after that time (as long as it remains sealed and dry). The major problem is the loss of flavor.

31 posted on 01/27/2014 8:51:43 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: wbill

Back in the 70s, I was stationed in Europe and we got sent TDY about 50% of the time on remote mountaintop comm sites to check out and optimize the comm gear. We’d often go buy C rations at the commissary to eat. Once or twice, I even ended up buying a case of old K rations, believe it or not.

I liked them because they gave you a little 4-pack of smokes with them along with the little P-38 openers - I still have one on my key chain.


32 posted on 01/27/2014 8:52:46 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Resolute Conservative

“Do Twinkies expire?”

Not with Michael Moore around.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 8:52:59 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

34 posted on 01/27/2014 8:56:03 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: traderrob6
37 year old Twinkie.

with a 12 year old bite out of it.

35 posted on 01/27/2014 8:56:10 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Vigilanteman

I believe it. There is an item, canned ham, from DAK I believe, that has NO shelf life marked on it. You can buy it in Walmart, nearly anywhere. I have several cans.


36 posted on 01/27/2014 8:56:16 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: davisfh

Even past 12 months lots of well canned foods are just fine. The expiration dates are more suggestions than anything else.


37 posted on 01/27/2014 8:57:46 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Salamander
All dry goods have some kind of bug eggs in them.

Freezing the stuff *might* extend the shelf life.

Spot on. The food preservations I talk to say there are one of two ways to prevent this problem:

  1. Heat treatment-- 200 degrees F. or greater for two hours or more.

  2. Freeze treatment of 0 degrees F. or less for two days or more.

    The freeze treatment is FAR trickier because most dry goods have better cold insulation than heat insulation properties.


38 posted on 01/27/2014 8:58:37 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: shibumi; Resolute Conservative; Salamander; TheOldLady; cripplecreek
The shelf-life of the original Twinkies was 26 days. The re-introduced Twinkies have a shelf-life of 45 days.

Of course, you can eat (or marvel at) lots of things after expiration of the shelf-life.

39 posted on 01/27/2014 9:01:01 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Gaffer
DAK, I believe, is a Danish ham, isn't it? The Danes are the best in the world about preservation of pork, dairy and poultry products.

I heard they developed the skill from long years of neutrality and selling the stuff to the warring state of Europe.

40 posted on 01/27/2014 9:02:06 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: traderrob6

Cheap,expired food......Revolutionary! Our troubles are over.


41 posted on 01/27/2014 9:04:18 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: traderrob6

there’s a store in Wisconsin that’s been selling scratch-and-dent canned goods and stuff for years.


42 posted on 01/27/2014 9:08:22 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yes, I believe so.


44 posted on 01/27/2014 9:09:41 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Overtaxed

“Turnip greens and collards are unusual?”

I sure don’t find ‘em at Whole Foods....same for Safeway. They may have fresh, but not canned.


45 posted on 01/27/2014 9:09:52 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: traderrob6

Expiration dates are simply a suggestion and sometimes can be ignored all together when it comes to boxed items. We have a store in town that sells damaged goods that stores won’t sell. If a box is torn but the sealed plastic is fine, I couldn’t care less; especially when it’s 50-80% off the normal price.

I welcome Trader Joe’s offering this option. Their only problems will be if the state takes up an issue.


46 posted on 01/27/2014 9:09:54 AM PST by Marko413
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To: 9YearLurker

“Would be interesting to see the same done with meds, which I suppose may already go overseas to developing markets.”

I have an albuterol inhaler that is 14 years past the expiration date and I have used it and it still works as medicine.


47 posted on 01/27/2014 9:13:56 AM PST by staytrue
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To: traderrob6
Decoding the Secret Language of Food Expiration Dates

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates

48 posted on 01/27/2014 9:15:07 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Minutemen

Frankly I prefer that my meats be expired. I don’t have the room to house or feed them if they’re still living.


49 posted on 01/27/2014 9:16:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Ha ha.


50 posted on 01/27/2014 9:19:51 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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