Check Produce Labels For Date

Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
August 4, 2020

Two boxes of oranges with different pack dates.Anyone having issues with produce spoiling much quicker than they should? I have made a few Costco trips and each visit I'm always left with something spoiling much sooner than they should (especially oranges).


My most recent shopping trip - I looked deeper on the labels and noticed some produce items (at Costco) there will be a label that shows you when the item was packed on. I've seen this on: oranges, peaches, zucchini, mushrooms, lettuce and so forth.

This can help determine which produce is best for you to buy.


Here's 2 boxes of different branded oranges (same price). You can see the top one was packed on July 16 vs July July 23.

Although we know when they were packed, we don't necessarily know when the oranges were picked. But the 7/23 case did look fresher and we ended up buying that one and had no issues. Normally shopping, we would have bought the top box because it's on top already.

Also, if you have any spoiled food that you feel shouldn't spoil so quickly or before the expiration date - Costco gladly accepts it back for a refund.

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August 4, 20200 found this helpful

I always do this for milk but hadn't thought about checking the pack date. I can never get through my Costco onions and garlic before they start to grow or go bad.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
August 4, 20200 found this helpful

The milk lasts long for me at Costco! The expiration date is much further compared to local grocery stores.

There is currently recall on onions. If you have any you might want to check which ones are affected.


When I buy garlic or onion, I share half with my parents. Even still I get issues with the garlic but try to put them in the fridge to prevent growing or to go bad. :)

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August 9, 20201 found this helpful

I have been complaining also about onions not lasting like they used to in the past! No matter where I store them they get mushy and the centers rot. I'd like to know why this is happening. My onions used to last for months, no more!

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
August 10, 20201 found this helpful

I'm not too sure what's going on lately either. A lot of produce I've been buying (not just from Costco) has been going bad much quicker as well.

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