Checking Belize Expiry Dates.
I must preface this post regarding checking Belize expiry dates by saying that it is neither my intention to promote nor to criticize life in Belize. It is my intention to inform, and while life here is usually everything we expected and hoped for, as with anywhere you might go, from time to time I find myself shaking my head and with an inside voice asking “why”, while at the same time with an outside voice accepting the situation and saying, “it is what it is”.
In today’s picture you will see some familiar products that are sitting on the shelf of our local grocery store. These packages of dry cereal are priced at $3.75 while down the shelf a little further is the brightly colored box with the famous Toucan priced at $8.75 for the exact same size package and product. So, Where’s the box? Has the box been crushed? Has the box been lost? Is the box actually worth $5.00? In all cases the answer is probably no.
What’s the date in Belize today?
In Belize it is common practice that when the “best before” date passes (expires) products are not necessarily removed from the shelves but rather are reduced in price. It is important to be aware to check expiry dates on all perishables carefully. Lorilee came across mayonnaise a few weeks ago marked down to less than half price, great deal. As always watching for deals she grabbed it. At this point because we have learned the hard way in the past, she is now checking Belize expiry dates, as a result she returned the bottle while informing the young lady that was building the display that the date had expired. The young lady replied “yes ma’am, that is why it is at a reduced price”.
Where did the $5.00 go?
Back to the original question of where did the $5.00 go? Well……………..the short answer is that it simply expired. The box containing the “best before date” was removed. Again I don’t mention this as a criticism but rather to inform. I am not saying it is right or wrong, I am just saying make sure you are checking Belize expiry dates. This is one of those times I find myself shaking my head and with an inside voice saying, “it is what it is”.
What do these terms mean?
This is not a new practice in Belize and although it is not condoned by public health officials, the practice continues. It is important to know the meaning and the difference between the following terms;
- Shelf Life
- Best Before
- Use by
- Sell by/Display until
- Expiration Date
For the definition of these terms and for guidelines on how long some products are good for, read this 2011 article that still remains relevant.
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