United Grocery Outlet
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Shopper

Knoxville, TN

#1 Nov 20, 2007
Is there not some sort of law or protection to the general public in selling outdated food or drinks, or is it just left up to the general public to buyer beware? What is the real danger in eating outdated food and items, or is it really just a scare tactic. I know, myself if the date is even close I will not buy it, but when I tried to shop UGO, I had a hard time in finding stuff that was not outdated, and I got aggravated and just left mu buggy sitting in the aisle.
citizen

Chatsworth, GA

#2 Nov 20, 2007
there are other grocery stores that you can shop at, if you dont like ugo.im glad that there is a place for our poor people to shop. everyone isnt rich or even well off.i for one am fortunate, im not rich by no means,but i am comfortable. i think the people who own ugo were thinking about our less fortunate, unlike anyone else around here.so wy to try to outlaw them, you have other options, some dont.

Since: Jul 07

Rogersville, TN

#3 Nov 20, 2007
citizen wrote:
there are other grocery stores that you can shop at, if you dont like ugo.im glad that there is a place for our poor people to shop. everyone isnt rich or even well off.i for one am fortunate, im not rich by no means,but i am comfortable. i think the people who own ugo were thinking about our less fortunate, unlike anyone else around here.so wy to try to outlaw them, you have other options, some dont.
Poor people deserve food that is not outdated. There is no need or that kind of business. I have been in that store and I always wondered about the meat. you shouldn't have to get sick or die to save money.
citizen

Chatsworth, GA

#4 Nov 20, 2007
they have options to buy other items besides meat, they can get snacks, canned good, and other items. im just saying hat alot of people go there for the purpose that they can afford to get their children more, im just saying that i think its goo for the less fortunate, and we should not try to knock this oppurtunity for them. as isaid we have other options, wal-mart, food city.
Shopper

Knoxville, TN

#5 Nov 20, 2007
BUT, is there any danger in eating out dated food. Less fortunate should not have to jeopardize sickness/and being hungry. If other stores pull outdated foods, do they do it because they want too, or because they have to by FDA standards. I DON'T KNOW, does anybody?
save-a-lot fan

Sweetwater, TN

#6 Nov 20, 2007
Don't forget Save-a-lot. You might think it is only for the poor, but I know a lot of wealthy people that shop there too. The store is owned by a Christian Family that strives to give the public a cheap price for the same quality as Food City or Walmart. Try it out. You can get just as much, for less.
possum

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#7 Nov 20, 2007
I am not poor and I eat UGO food on a regular basis.I also buy outdated bakery items at Wal-Mart.It all tastes as good as "fresh" food and I have had no problems healthwise and saved some money.I should add I am not rich either.
Jewels

Cleveland, TN

#8 Nov 20, 2007
I know several people that shop at UGO and Save-A-Lot including myself. At UGO you do have to look at the dates but almost all of the food is fine to eat. The meat should probably be eaten the day that it is bought or frozen until ready to eat. Save A Lot has a good selection of meats and other grocery items and I shop there often. You don't have to be poor to enjoy a bargain! The canned foods they have are packaged just like the rest but do not have the name brand labels on them. So really you are just paying the higher prices for the name not the food.
My opinion

Knoxville, TN

#9 Nov 20, 2007
Save a Lot is the place o trade, will never find any out dated items, if you do take it to the manager. Their meats are the BEST I have ever ever bought in town. Grant you, they will not have everything you may need to fix your Thanksgiving Dinner, but I guaerantee you will save money on what you do buy. I may not be the wealthiest person, but I know what the bottom line is, and that makes my husband happy. Shopper UGO once or twice, but not anymore.

“Ow3n”

Since: Oct 07

American Computer Techs

#10 Nov 20, 2007
Canned goods are generally safe unless they are swollen from within.Frozen meat thats not been thawed is good for several months after the sell date. You will often see bacon, ham and smoked pork vacuum sealed and frozen at the better salvage groceries.
You can get some very good basic food at a great price from some of the salvage grocery stores. In fact a lot of their goods are not outdated, they are often production over-runs, discontinued items or varieties or flavors that were unpopular in particular neighborhoods.Guacamolie Pringles chips flopped in some cities, but were a big hit elsewhere. Often you will see meats, pies, etc.. that were packed for restaurant chains. The producers usually factor in a surplus and actual orders may leave quantities in frozen warehouses. These stores generally don't have a high profit margin and heavily rely upon repeat customers. They have no desire to have lawsuits brought against them. Exercise the same good judgement you would in any supermarket and you should be fine.

And trust me, go through Walmart, Krogers, Food lion, etc... and look carefully.. you will find a fair bit of outdated groceries...
Sometimes it will be milk, yogurt and fresh unfrozen meat.. these are NOT safe.
It's not where you buy your food, so much as it is paying attention to the food you buy anywhere.Salvage stores pull up the recall lists as often as the major stores and if there's a recall on a product, it gets yanked off the shelves..
I wish we had places like that when I was growing up. Eating canned goods that had a sell by date from last month would have been vastly preferable to going hungry some nights.
Shop smart

United States

#11 Nov 21, 2007
You have to watch the prices too. More often than not you will find identical items cheaper in the local stores. With food prices at an all time high and going higher due to corn, fuel, grain prices, it all helps to know.
Gene Cobb

Ringgold, GA

#12 Nov 21, 2007
dee52 wrote:
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Poor people deserve food that is not outdated. There is no need or that kind of business. I have been in that store and I always wondered about the meat. you shouldn't have to get sick or die to save money.
If you check with Food Harvest and Shepards Corner you will find that they take in certain foods that are out-dated but still able to pass on to the needy. I don't know what foods that the person (above post) is referring too but some non-perishable foods (probably most) have an expiration date just for a marketing tactic...."get rid of it, throw it away and buy more".

I have bought good quality meat that has cooked up tender and I would compare it to Food City as being equal if not better. And this is based on fresh-cut versus shipped frozen...(ex. WalMart!)
My 2 cents worth

Knoxville, TN

#13 Nov 21, 2007
SAVE A LOT.......BEST MEATS AROUND, IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED SHOPPING THERE FOR MEATS FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU MAY HAVE FOR NOT SHOPPING THERE AT ALL, YOU NEED TO AT LEAST TRY THE MEATS, BY THE WAY, I BUY OTHER ITEMS THERE ALSO. I WOULD SUGGEST, IF YOU HAVE NEVER SHOPPED THERE, AT LEAST TRY IT, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF.
My 2 cents worth

Knoxville, TN

#14 Nov 21, 2007
By the way,the owners have a conviction that they don't sell beer either
Gene Cobb

Ringgold, GA

#15 Nov 21, 2007
My 2 cents worth wrote:
By the way,the owners have a conviction that they don't sell beer either
I can honestly say that I have not shopped there. I will try it out! Thanks for the info.!!
Edna

Knoxville, TN

#16 Nov 21, 2007
you know were i shop, save a lot, cause i save a lot there. reluctant at 1st long time go, but hardly ever go any were else, just has to be somethang they do not got. then it is to food city, try stay way from wallmart, and have not had reson to go to grocery outlet, try to shop at home at save a lot
fyi

Lawrenceburg, TN

#17 Nov 21, 2007
My 2 cents worth wrote:
By the way,the owners have a conviction that they don't sell beer either
Are you talking about U.G.O. or Save a lot?
Gladys

Maryville, TN

#18 Nov 21, 2007
Well, how Untied Grocery Outlet got there name: Once upon a time this man's wife wanted him to go to the grocery store, and he did not want to go, so he said no honey: "UGO," and she had been there to try and save money and spend thrifty, but did not like the store, but she went to please her husband, because he had heard that you could save money. She did not like the store, so she said, please honey, for me, would you "UGO. He said, I am not going woman and that is that, if you need grocerier "UGO" and it never ended from then on, NOBODY wants to go so "UGO."
possum

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#19 Nov 21, 2007
I think I knew this man,he lived in Persia.
Bystander

Maryville, TN

#20 Nov 21, 2007
If Food Lion could not make it there, what makes United Grocery Outlet think they can. They will probably make it through their lease, but once a shopping center is marked for major businesses in the center to come and go, the shopping center is doomed forever, and a dark blue face lift will not revitalize it. Going to take more than that to turn it around. Think it is time for them to you know what, "U all GO"

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