That chocolate bar you’re eyeing may be older than it looks
Misty Harris , Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here’s some interesting stuff in the article:
In investigating 3,206 candy bars from eight major retailers in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, researchers from Brock University and Carleton University discovered the average confection sat for 140 days, or about four and a half months, before reaching the consumer. On average, slightly more than three per cent were past the estimated shelf life of a year, although at certain stores the proportion was as high as six per cent.
Broken down by brand, candy bars manufactured by Mars and Hershey took the shortest trip to consumers, while Nestle and Cadbury took longer.
It is tough though, not all companies use easily readable dates. Here are a few that I found the codes for so far: