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Old 08-07-2010, 09:16 AM
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Anyone ever pay attention to the dates on soft drinks, I thought as long as they were not dead and had not leaked they were fine.

Today we were cleaning out the concession stand at the local high school getting ready for football season and we had 8-10 cases of drinks that the date had expired(some late 09 and others within the last couple of months)

They lady that handles our concession stand was told by the Pepsi rep that we could not sell them

I did bring home about 3 cases of 12 oz bottles of Diet Mt Dews, exp date was 5/10.

Anyone ever paid any attention to this
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:28 AM
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I haven't, but then again, soda cans don't last long enough around here to "expire".

Sure, the Pepsi folks aren't going to tell you to drink something that has "expired". You might get a belly ache and sue them over it...

As long as the product has been kept in a cool place, I'd drink it.

On the other hand, when the Admiral buys soda and then leaves it in her POS '05 Honda Odyssey for a week or so in the 100+ temps, it will taste bad no matter what the "expiration" date says...
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Funny you should mention Diet Mountain Dew as I too have three 12 packs of expired cans in the fridge on my boat. I drank a couple the other day and they were fine despite being almost a year out of date.

I think the problem comes with heat and how it breaks down the artificial sweetener. Sunlight will sure kill that stuff in bottled drinks. That being said, if you drink any of those drinks and they make you sick, don't drink any more of them.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:03 AM
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you mean this stuff doesnt get better with age?
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I never noticed it even had an exp date on it...I thought it was like nuclear waste, last for 100,000 years or more.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post

They lady that handles our concession stand was told by the Pepsi rep that we could not sell them
You'd think Pepsi would of exchanged them, especially since it was for a school.
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Originally Posted by nanjemoycat View Post
You'd think Pepsi would of exchanged them, especially since it was for a school.










My nephew-in-law works for Pepsi and that is what he does. I would imagine that the "customer" has to be a regular purchaser of their products though (buying enough to cover Pepsi's "loss" with the returns).

He takes them home and always kicks us down the "expired" soda, waters and other fluids that they sell.
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Well I guess if they give me the shits I will know there were not good

I have 96 of the 12 oz plastic bottles of Diet Mt Dew which is my favorite, after all I can throw them in the cooler for the boat and nobody will know the difference.

We did have ONE LADY a couple years ago claim she got sick because the soft drink we sold her was out of date, up until that point nobody have ever even looked at dates.

I am sure she was the tree huger type that never got out in the sun light
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:10 PM
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i would assume as long as they didn't get hot it should be fine.
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I don't know about other brands of diet sodas, but out of date Diet Coke can taste pretty strange. Whatever they use as a sweetener apparently breaks down, because once it is about 3 months out of date, it is not good tasting anymore. I've never had any after effects other than checking the date closer next time.
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I thought you meant a girl you were going out with that didn't drink...really!

Where is my mind?
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Originally Posted by seabob4 View Post
I thought you meant a girl you were going out with that didn't drink...really!

Where is my mind?

Me too. Slip a roofie in her Pepsi.
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Originally Posted by kerno View Post
I don't know about other brands of diet sodas, but out of date Diet Coke can taste pretty strange. Whatever they use as a sweetener apparently breaks down, because once it is about 3 months out of date, it is not good tasting anymore. I've never had any after effects other than checking the date closer next time.

One thing we noticed is all of the out of date drinks are ALWAYS DIET, they must not have as long of shelf life or something

Did drink one while ago and it did not seem to quite as lively as others but not much different. Kind of was like a drink out of a 2 liter bottle after it had been opened a day or two earlier but not bad
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I was a store manager for both Stop & Shop Supermarkets and Rite Aid Pharmacy. The expiration date on soda doesn't mean that it's gone sour, like milk, it loses only its carbonation. I'm sure if you wait long enough that it could spoil, but with the amount of phosphoric acid in soda, it would probably eat away the bottle or can first.

Pepsi SHOULD take the out-dated products out and swap them with fresh. That's what they did for me in New York.
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Originally Posted by CaptainTundra View Post

Pepsi SHOULD take the out-dated products out and swap them with fresh. That's what they did for me in New York.
I am sure they would but we only have 7-8 cases each year left over and this year I got 4 of those.

You are right the "fiz" was not quiet as strong as normal but not by much, little Capt Morgan in it and all will be fine
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I had a friend who was a QC chemist at a cannery. He said as long as the integrity of the container is good the product will be safe to consume as long as it has been kept at normal temperatures.

His main product was condensed milk. They had no problem taking back expired cans of that because they had a machine to open them in bulk and just mixed it in with the next batch. Everything was tested before it went back out so it was legal and safe.
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Originally Posted by Kamper View Post
I had a friend who was a QC chemist at a cannery. He said as long as the integrity of the container is good the product will be safe to consume as long as it has been kept at normal temperatures.

His main product was condensed milk. They had no problem taking back expired cans of that because they had a machine to open them in bulk and just mixed it in with the next batch. Everything was tested before it went back out so it was legal and safe.
Just gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling about the "food" industry...

Everyone should read "The Jungle", by Upton Sinclair. I think it's chapter 7....then enjoy your hot dog...
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Originally Posted by seabob4 View Post
Just gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling about the "food" industry...

Everyone should read "The Jungle", by Upton Sinclair. I think it's chapter 7....then enjoy your hot dog...
Rather NOT KNOW
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Rather NOT KNOW
I did read it...give me a true Chicago dog, Vienna Red Hot, mustard, chopped onions, pickle relish, and a dash of celery salt...I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY PICK UP OFF THE FLOOR!!! YUMMM-YUMMM!!
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I am sure she was the tree huger type that never got out in the sun light







Yeah, and she probably drove a prius...
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