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A Supermarket Surprise

Written by PETA | June 7, 2010

If you think that you can judge that package of dismembered animal bits by its expiration date, here’s a cautionary tale that will make you think again. A customer at a Brooklyn grocery store found a newer “sell-by” label slapped on top of an expired one on a package of chicken and told the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets about it. The inspecting body for food safety shrugged it off, saying that sell-by dates are “nothing but a tool for store managers,” who are permitted to relabel or repackage food.


Photos by Marie Viljoen
Expired Chicken


60 Minutes called the fluid in which dead chickens float before they are processed for food “fecal soup,” and we have heard enough horror stories to realize that most meat is contaminated with dangerous bacteria like E. coli, campylobacter, listeria, and other bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts and feces of animals. Meat and dairy products spoil fairly quickly, so this might be a good time to start avoiding the stuff altogether. I’m hoping for a run on our vegetarian/vegan starter kit displays, but if you don’t have one nearby, you can download a copy or order one from our Web site.

It just goes to show—any way you slice it, meat is still just decomposing flesh.

Written by Heather Moore

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  • Waternoken says:

    Where would I be able to find the episode of 60 minutes that you refereed to? Do you know what the episode is called?

  • Laura says:

    Oh and I almost forgot. If it didn’t sell we’d unpackage it and toss it into the grinder with the fat that’s been trimmed off and make it into hamburger if it’s was beef or sausage if it was pork. Just added spices to cover the taste and smell of old meat. The tourists loved them. Working there is what pushed me to go vegan almost 4 years ago.

  • laura says:

    I was a butcher’s assistant for a bit and yes we repackaged meat that was past it’s sellby date. If the package wasn’t bloated and the meat looked fine it was repackaged. Because of the lights the meat might get an offcolour to it which I would have to point out since the butcher was colour blind so sometimes we’d take it out trim it off and repackage. If it had already been repackaged and was approaching the second sellby date we’d put a 25 off sticker on it. Anything to get that meat sold.

  • Rob says:

    This is a good warning for everyone. The state departments of agriculture perceive that their job is to help livestock farmers and processors make money. Even though we the taxpayer hire and pay them the state departments of agriculture collude with these companies to help them abuse animals AND endanger our health. They collude with the puppy mill breeders too! Yes these are STATE EMPLOYEES. It’s a crime!