SO, DO SELL DATES IN FACT MEAN ANYTHING…?

Since Jonathan first began posting stories about meat and meat products (don't you just love that euphemism?] no theme has attracted more comments, even years later, from our readers. This current story, reported by Paul Kiska in Eastlake man shocked to find Walmart packaged meat expired three years ago for WEWS television in Cleveland, has a sort of, kind of, maybe happy ending. Kiska begins:
An Eastlake [Ohio] man said he was left shocked after a trip to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Vine Street in Eastlake. The shopper said he was buying Sugardale goose liver for his dog, after his veterinarian suggested he wrap medicine in the form of a pill for the dog in goose liver. But, the man said he couldn't believe his eyes when he picked up the packaged meat and clearly saw the best buy date of 06/03/2013. He didn't buy the meat, but took a picture of the label. He said he noticed about 20 other similar packaged meats had the same 2013 date.
The problem turned out to be technical.
A spokesperson for Sugardale said the mislabeled goose liver package was the result of human error.
Oops! Here's my question, however. What about the human error evident in no Walmart (or Sugardale) employee noticing the problem? How many times might this have happened in the past in the other direction? How many packages have sell-buy dates that extend years after the proper date? Seems like Kiska needs to do a follow-up. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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