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TJ's: be careful when you purchase dairy there


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TJ's: be careful when you purchase dairy there

mschow | Nov 17, 2008 09:30 AM

Well, on November 8, in the morning, I went to my local TJ's in NJ, and purchased a number of items. In the dairy dept, I purchased 5 yogurts, eggs, half and half and heavy cream. Three days later, on the 11th, I took out the eggs and heavy cream to make a quiche. I open the cream, and it is a solid mass. I look at the date on the cream, and it is October 23. It was 2 weeks expired when I purchased it, yet this cream was right in front on the shelf. To make matters worse, there was someone stocking the dairy when I was there. So I get a little paranoid, and start checking the dates on everything else I bought from the dairy. The yogurts were OK, as was the eggs. The half and half had a date on it of November 16, still saleable, obviously, but that went bad on November 14, so I had to throw it away when it curdled in my coffee. It went bad in less than a week. No telling how long the cream and half and half were on the shelf at TJ.
Normally, I purchase dairy like milk at my grocery, Target or even our local WAWA..
When I go later to the store to purchase half and half and cream to replace what went rancid from TJ, I will likely find a date on the cream of late December or even a little later. I can guarantee my half and half will also have a late December date.
So, how old are the dairy products that TJ sells? They are selling items past their date, and nearly past their dates.
Yes, I'll admit that I didn't check the dates. I guess I assumed (stupid of me, I know), that TJ has a bit more integrity than my local grocery store and I tend to trust what they sell a bit more than the big box. That's it; I'm done with purchasing dairy from TJ's. Oh, and naturally I threw the receipt away, so there's no way to get a refund. BUYER BEWARE!

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