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  • Submitted: Tue, July 05, 2011
  • Updated: Fri, August 05, 2011

  • Reported By: MENTOS — Alma Arkansas United States of America
Walmart
367 W Cherry St Alma, Arkansas United States of America

Walmart Spoiled Deli Meat Alma, Arkansas

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: "Sell By" dates

*Consumer Comment: Two questions...

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Spoiled Meat

*Consumer Comment: Don't buy Meat

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I purchased some oven roasted chicken and it spoiled within 4 days. They put the purchase by date: the same day you buy it no matter how old the meat is. I have purchased deli meat before and it has lasted up to 2 wks. This is my second time to purchased bad meat from walmart. I will not purchase any more meat from Walmart!

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

"Sell By" dates

AUTHOR: Jonne - (U.S.A.)

Walmart prints out "sell by" dates they place on food items which indicate when the item needs to be "sold" by in order to maintain the freshest product.  If the product has already been sitting around for several days, then a deli employee places a "sell by" sticker on it immediately before it's put on the floor, the item will go bad before it's consumed.  This is against the law, but it happens every day in Walmart stores.  I used to work in the "fresh area" as they call it, and this procedure is done on a daily basis.  If done correctly, these food items wouldn't go bad.  The reason it happens is because Walmart doesn't care what you have to do to ensure the shelves are full!  Associates do it regularly to make sure there are sufficient items on the shelves for sale, it keeps the sales floor looking neat and full.  I, personally, never did this, however I have reported it to management, to no avail.  Once I transferred to another part of the store I never purchased certain food items within Walmart due to this practice.   So this consumer is correct in their speculation, and Walmart doesn't know when you are going to buy this item, but it sits around before they put their "sell by" stickers on and by the time 4 additional days have gone by it will go bad!  For this reason I never bought "refrigerated" items from Walmart as you never know how long it sat around, in addition to the coolers going out constantly!  Take it from someone who knows!   
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#2 Consumer Comment

Two questions...

AUTHOR: I am the law - (USA)

Ok, not to take sides, but I've got two questions.

1. You said,
"I purchased some oven roasted chicken and it spoiled within 4 days". Ok, that's not that unusual, depending on the meat and/or if you don't store it correctly. However, the title of your report says it was spoiled when you bought it. Which is it?
 
2. You said,
"They put the purchase by date: the same day you buy it no matter how old the meat is". Um, ok. How does Walmart know when you personally are going to buy meat there? How is that even possible?
 
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Spoiled Meat

AUTHOR: Jonne - (U.S.A.)

That's because their coolers are always going out,  instead of replacing them like they should, they keep on rigging them to keep from having to spend the money!  I don't know how many times I've had to help throw cardboard over the meats and poultry to keep the coolness in everytime the equipment went out!  Tightwads at best!
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#4 Consumer Comment

Don't buy Meat

AUTHOR: mr rik - (USA)

from Wal*mart!
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