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Stephen Kruiser

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January 22, 2014 - 8:58 pm

We don’t need no stinking “Use By” dates.

We’ve all heard about the massive food waste Americans incur every year.

‘Sell-by’, ‘best-by’ and ‘use-by’ dates are mostly unregulated and confusing for consumers when it comes to throwing items out –a factor that contributes to $165 billion of food wasted every year.

But the former president of Trader Joe’s Doug Rauch says he’s got a solution.

In May, he’s launching The Daily Table, a grocery store and restaurant in Dorchester, Mass., that will offer inexpensive food considered ‘unsellable’ by regular grocery stores.

Food available will include fruits and vegetables that are expired and repurposed food that will be incorporated into hot meals. Other items for sale will be products that are fine to eat but may have damaged packaging.

Hey, if good food is being tossed out because of regulatory zeal, why not make it available if it is still edible? That being said, I think there is some sour cream that has been in my fridge so long it’s learning a foreign language.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Obama should mandate such places as THE grocery for Democrats. Just imagine the righteous indignation they could bask in whilst eating brown lettuce and mushy tomatoes. Not doubt they would praise and love Obama for demanding it of them.
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"Eat recycled food. Good for the environment; ok for you" - Judge Dredd
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Spoilin' all the good clean fun of dumpster diving.
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Common sense needs to be applied. Expiration dates on food, especially processed food, often have more to do with peak flavor than with safety. An item loaded with salt and vinegar kept in a vacuum sealed jar isn't going to go bad but the sharper flavor notes may be gone. A bag of frozen veg that was never allowed to thaw doesn't suddenly become inedible the day after the day on the use by stamp but a keen palate will notice a difference between the contents and those of a more recent lot.
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The government will not allow pharmaceutical companies to donate expired, or near expired, drugs to mission trips, but they are going to allow expired food to be sold to the public?

I can't wait for the first lawsuit to be filed when someone comes down with botulism, though rare, it is still a possibility and infants are more prone to botulism than adults. What's next -- soylent green?
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Ah, Dorchester. Good location...where all of the Welfare Mamas will buy out-of-date food for their brood, so they have even more EBT dollars to spend on gourmet food for themselves.

And that *is* exactly how it will work. Descriptions by friends of the night the checks and EBT hit in the Markets they worked in (in the 'hood) are illustrative - kids getting loads of Cheetos, Doritos and soda, while Mama buys thin sliced honey-ham and Lobsters for herself.

Your tax dollars at work...
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