LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Needler's Market has been open for 5 months, and now one customer says, the grocery store is selling non-perishable foods that are expired. The store says this is the first time they have been notified that there has been expired food on their shelves. Customers say they like going to Needlers because it's easier to navigate than other grocery stores.
"Pay Less is always busy, Walmart is always a madhouse and so it was the perfect location and everything,” said Nick Vester-Right a concerned customer.
Nick is a frequent shopper at Needler's Fresh Market, he says he was disappointed when he found expired non-perishable goods.
"Two times I found expired beef jerky, one time I found a bag of chips and another time I found can of soup,” added Nick.
Nick sent a photo to WLFI in the first week of January. The photo showed beef jerky that had a best buy date of November. Representatives from Needler's Market said they took action as soon as they were notified about the situation.
"I did advise the store that there was an individual that brought it to our attention, so they are going to go back through and make sure they do a double-check," said Julie Anderson the director of marketing for Needlers Market.
According to the Tippecanoe County Health Department, it inspects grocery stores twice a year. Any time they get a complaint, they check the area of the store in which the complaint came from. However, grocery stores can't be written up for having expired non-perishable foods.
"It's more of a quality issue than a safety issue,” said Craig Rich the Chief of Foods for Tippecanoe County. “However if that's going on we would like to be called because that's usually an indication that there are some other things going on we can do something about."
The only thing the health department can write up for being expired is baby formula. Health officials say everyone should check expiration dates on all food items they buy.
"Everyone checks their milk, so you should just check everything,” added Rich. "Everything is going to have a date on it.”
People who shop at Needler's frequently tell News 18 they don't want anything to happen to the store, they just want the store to be more diligent about changing out non-perishable goods.
"As a grocery store you should know what you are buying and that the products are fresh,” said Nick.
Needler's Market says their dry goods and non-perishables are checked when they are delivered. They say they perform daily and monthly rotations and that they are committed to giving their customers the freshest food possible.