Two-and-a-half year out of date bovril being sold in Bexleyheath Asda

This Bovril, being sold yesterday in Bexleyheath Asda, expired in April 2012

This Bovril, being sold yesterday in Bexleyheath Asda, expired in April 2012

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Two-and-a-half year out of date bovril has been spotted on the shelves of Asda, Bexleyheath. 

Amit Patel, from Belvedere, took a snap of the chicken-flavoured salty meat extract, which the Bexleyheath Broadway store priced at £2, yesterday (August 27).

The expiry date on the jar said April 2012.

He said: "I was doing my weekly shop in there and was looking for beef bovril.

"I'd never seen chicken bovril before and the packaging was quite dusty, so it caught my eye.

"I thought: 'let's have a look at the date' and I was quite flabbergasted with what I saw.

"As a big supermarket you'd expect them to have some sort of protocol in place.

"I've got young kids and it could make them really ill."

An Asda spokesperson said: "We have stringent procedures in all our stores to make sure out of date products don’t hang around on the shelves. 

"We apologise to the customer for this isolated incident and have refreshed our daily checking process in our Bexleyheath store."

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2:02pm Thu 28 Aug 14

concerned.erith says...

It would seem no one liked this flavour either hence it was well and truely left on the shefl.
It would seem no one liked this flavour either hence it was well and truely left on the shefl. concerned.erith
  • Score: 12

2:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Voulvoir says...

Probably still perfectly fit to drink!
Probably still perfectly fit to drink! Voulvoir
  • Score: 57

2:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Marty1979 says...

So what did he do first, point out to the store or call the papers?
So what did he do first, point out to the store or call the papers? Marty1979
  • Score: 41

3:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Citygirl83 says...

Funnily enough someone put on my local residents page that they had a jar of mayonnaise which they bought last week which was 6 months out of date.
Others have posted befroe about receiving meat that is extremely close or pass the sell by date.
I know it doesn't bother some people but this should not be happening and I am funny about things that are even a day out of date as I suffer from problems with my stomach and digestive system, I can't risk being ill.
Funnily enough someone put on my local residents page that they had a jar of mayonnaise which they bought last week which was 6 months out of date. Others have posted befroe about receiving meat that is extremely close or pass the sell by date. I know it doesn't bother some people but this should not be happening and I am funny about things that are even a day out of date as I suffer from problems with my stomach and digestive system, I can't risk being ill. Citygirl83
  • Score: -15

6:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Harold_Monk says...

My mother-in-law would love this. Everything in her fridge is furry
My mother-in-law would love this. Everything in her fridge is furry Harold_Monk
  • Score: 35

10:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Fisherman Pete says...

No obligatory crossed arms photo looking all distressed? Personally I commend the chap for raising awareness, I bought an out of date fish finger once and in hindsight I wish I had told others
No obligatory crossed arms photo looking all distressed? Personally I commend the chap for raising awareness, I bought an out of date fish finger once and in hindsight I wish I had told others Fisherman Pete
  • Score: -5

10:01am Fri 29 Aug 14

Bestbaz says...

These are all "BEST BEFORE" and not "USE BY" dates, there is a BIG difference. BEST BEFORE is just that, its best before April 2012 after that date the product may change, but still consumable. USE BY, is just that, it must be used before a specific date generally on fresh produce due to the degenerative nature of fresh produce.

I presume that this person was hoping for a years free shopping at ASDA. How do we know this person did not take it into the store and placed it on the shelf !!
These are all "BEST BEFORE" and not "USE BY" dates, there is a BIG difference. BEST BEFORE is just that, its best before April 2012 after that date the product may change, but still consumable. USE BY, is just that, it must be used before a specific date generally on fresh produce due to the degenerative nature of fresh produce. I presume that this person was hoping for a years free shopping at ASDA. How do we know this person did not take it into the store and placed it on the shelf !! Bestbaz
  • Score: 54

3:53pm Fri 29 Aug 14

reasonable75 says...

Could it be like good wine & improves with age?
Could it be like good wine & improves with age? reasonable75
  • Score: 21

5:55pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Citygirl83 says...

Why so many thumbs down to my post? Must be the new hated person on newsshopper, oh well
Why so many thumbs down to my post? Must be the new hated person on newsshopper, oh well Citygirl83
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Sat 30 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Probably these out of date jars were from the complainant's shop which they could not shift, so shoved them in with the other batches at ASDA to see if they could get money (sorry -compo) that way!
Probably these out of date jars were from the complainant's shop which they could not shift, so shoved them in with the other batches at ASDA to see if they could get money (sorry -compo) that way! sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 20

6:26pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Bestbaz says...

Citygirl83 wrote:
Why so many thumbs down to my post? Must be the new hated person on newsshopper, oh well
You will never beet GYPO JOE, all his posts have multiple negative votes. And quite right too !!!
[quote][p][bold]Citygirl83[/bold] wrote: Why so many thumbs down to my post? Must be the new hated person on newsshopper, oh well[/p][/quote]You will never beet GYPO JOE, all his posts have multiple negative votes. And quite right too !!! Bestbaz
  • Score: 22

7:09pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Sidcupman says...

Citygirl83 wrote:
Why so many thumbs down to my post? Must be the new hated person on newsshopper, oh well
It is a bit uncharitable of people I agree but they, like me, call these dates "throw away good food make you by more food" dates. I have just polished off humus and taramasalata with "eat by" back in July and I dont like eating yoghurt until its sour, usually 1 month after the date, which is how they do in India. These dates are there to protect the supplier not the consumer and I am sure they have worked out how to make the most of them too. PS meat is left to hang several weeks before sale in order to tenderise it else it would be inedible. It wont go off one day past "the date"!
[quote][p][bold]Citygirl83[/bold] wrote: Why so many thumbs down to my post? Must be the new hated person on newsshopper, oh well[/p][/quote]It is a bit uncharitable of people I agree but they, like me, call these dates "throw away good food make you by more food" dates. I have just polished off humus and taramasalata with "eat by" back in July and I dont like eating yoghurt until its sour, usually 1 month after the date, which is how they do in India. These dates are there to protect the supplier not the consumer and I am sure they have worked out how to make the most of them too. PS meat is left to hang several weeks before sale in order to tenderise it else it would be inedible. It wont go off one day past "the date"! Sidcupman
  • Score: 17

1:58pm Sun 31 Aug 14

mouthalmighty says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Probably these out of date jars were from the complainant's shop which they could not shift, so shoved them in with the other batches at ASDA to see if they could get money (sorry -compo) that way!
Nasty.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Probably these out of date jars were from the complainant's shop which they could not shift, so shoved them in with the other batches at ASDA to see if they could get money (sorry -compo) that way![/p][/quote]Nasty. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 6

3:54pm Sun 31 Aug 14

tmeakins says...

Does not look "aged" at all, shiny bottle and Asda's are forever moving things round, doing stock takes etc. I can't imagine one bottle would somehow have made it's way back to the same place as the other bottles.
Does not look "aged" at all, shiny bottle and Asda's are forever moving things round, doing stock takes etc. I can't imagine one bottle would somehow have made it's way back to the same place as the other bottles. tmeakins
  • Score: 5

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