“Star” supermarket in Yerevan’s Erebuni district was selling sour cream today, which hasn’t been produced yet.
On Thursday morning I happened to take photo of these “ANI” sour-creams at the “Star Supermarket”, Armenia’s largest food retailer, with a production date of December 24.
Admittedly, “ANI” at least had production date on it, whereas “Ashtarak Kat”, one of the largest dairy producers in Armenia, has stopped putting production dates on its produce for several dates already, marking only an expiration date of December 31st or January 1st/2nd.
This is all against the law, which says food producers are obliged to put both production and expiration date.
However, as the country rushes to food stores to stock up for New Year’s traditional party-table, which has to be full of all kinds of stuff and last for 3-5 days of non-stop parties, few pay attention to such petty things as production date.
Food producers, on the other hand, find it hard to meet the demand and start all these manipulations with dates, etc.