Product Expiration Date Labeling – Cottage Cheese

Products we assume are fresh prior to the expiration date may be weeks, months, or years old. For example, the cottage cheese pictured below was purchased on 10 March 2014. The expiration date is 14 April 2014. It’s fresh now, and probably a month from now it will still be editable, but it most likely won’t taste as good on April 14 as it does today. When buying “day old” products, you may be purchasing something that’s been on the shelf for a long time.

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2 thoughts on “Product Expiration Date Labeling – Cottage Cheese”

  1. My husband bought groceries 8/21/17 at a local HyVee. I went to open your Super Natural Cottage Cheese & noticed the date is 7-10-17. Needless to say since I am in the middle of a recipe I was not very pleased:(
    Down the disposal it went $.
    I unfortunately will not have time to run back to the store.
    Thank you for letting me vent.

    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. We’re actually not affiliated with Supernatural products or Hy-Vee. We’re just a local area consumer support group. Yes, the experience you describe is a problem. Products are supposed to be rotated forward to avoid having older products get out of date on the shelf. One assumes the food on shelves will be fresh, but regardless of where you shop, it’s essential to check those dates on everything. I know it seems like an unnecessary hassle, but it’s a problem in every store. Let’s say it’s just 1 out of 50 products that will be out of date. Depending on how much you shop, it could happen to you once per month. So, always good to check. It’s common to see products ‘on sale’ that are on the last date of their ‘sell by’ recommended date. Remember that by that point, products may be weeks old. It’s best to buy products with sell-by dates as far in the future as possible. Feel free to contact us if there’s any further way we can be of help.

      Regards,
      Greg Johnson
      Consumer Advocate

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