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Expired foods detected at convenience stores

CONVENIENCE stores including FamilyMart, Lawson and Kedi have come under fire after some of their outlets were found selling expired food.

Four downtown outlets of FamilyMart were selling expired puffs, custard pudding, bean curd, potato salad and cherry tomatoes, the Shanghai Morning Post reported yesterday.

A Kedi store on Fuxing Road E. was selling a Kung-Pao-chicken packaged meal expired by nearly a day last week, while almond bean curd sold at a Lawson store in Hongkou District had also expired, the newspaper reported.

The manager of the Fuzhou Road FamilyMart outlet found to have been selling expired puffs said workers at the store would check the expiration date of every food product more carefully. Staff members were still in the mood of the Spring Festival that recently passed, and neglected the expiration date, said the manager, who declined to be identified.

Some new staff members also were not familiar with the expiration rules, the manager added.

Those found negligent at work will be given warnings and their demerits recorded, which could cost them their job if the behavior continues, the manager said.

Customers of convenience stores sometimes don't pay close attention to the expiration date on foods, especially when they're in a hurry.

"I am busy at work, so I just grab something that can fill my stomach without checking the expiration date," said Amy Liu, an office worker.


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