Saturday, February 23, 2013

Is this China product expired or not?

 This Christmas, My sister Joe came home from Shanghai and gave us some of these Waffles.  She bought it from Carrefour following my request.  Thank you sis *wink*.
 But I was a bit confused when I saw a date in the packaging that says 2012 11 14.  Can the product be expired?  But she just bought it this December, Is Carrefour selling expired products on their shelves?
 So I proceed to look at the back and found three characters 保 质基 (bao zhi ji) meaning date of guarantee for quality which indicates: 六个月 (liu ge ye) which is 6 months.

 Chinese products have their manufacturing date stamped on the front and the expiration dates indicated on the back.  So my waffles are manufactured on November 14, 2012 and they have a guarantee shelf life of 6 months which means they will be expired by May 15, 2013.

 Here is another example.  Manufacturing date stamped is September 8, 2012.

 And the guarantee of quality is 18 months which makes its expiration to March 10, 2014.

I just felt like sharing this bit of information to prevent perfectly good food products from making its way into your trash bin.

Thank you sis! The waffles are divine!

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