Ex­pired­beer made man ill

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

A man who bought some ex­pired beer from Porirua Pak ’n Save says it made him feel sick and is vow­ing to get one of the un­opened bot­tles tested.

The Porirua man, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, bought eight bot­tles of Bud­var from the su­per­mar­ket on Jan­uary 13.

The bot­tles were sell­ing for $1 each and it ap­peared the price stickers were placed over the ‘‘best be­fore’’ dates, which showed the beer ex­pired last July.

‘‘I had some of the beer and it made me feel like vom­it­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘When I peeled off the [price] la­bels I could see the date and I thought, ‘That’s not on’. Peo­ple should re­alise the beer is out of date.’’

He said he had one of the un­opened bot­tles in his fridge and hoped to get it tested by health au­thor­i­ties.

Pak ’n Save man­ager Gar­rod Brader said the best be­fore date was a guide and the su­per­mar­ket had not bro­ken any health reg­u­la­tions.

How­ever, he said there should have been a sign stat­ing the al­co­hol was past the rec­om­mended date. It was not usual prac­tice to place price stickers over use by dates, he said.

‘‘It’s nor­mally over the bar­code,’’ he said. ‘‘This is not an at­tempt to hide the dates.’’

Brader said though the man had spo­ken to staff about the beer, no of­fi­cial com­plaint had been made.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Two bot­tles of the beer bought from Pak ’n Save. The price tag cov­ers the ‘‘best be­fore’’ date.

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