Marks & Spencer mince pies ”will go out of date long before Christmas”

October 21st, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 21 (ANI): Marks & Spencer is selling mince pies for Christmas that go past their best before date in November, according to reports.
Like all other retailers starts stocking for the festive season months in advance, the store too has bags of Christmas sweets that have a best before date of two weeks before the day itself.
Consumer groups have said that the sale of a Christmas product that will not be around for Christmas could confuse customers.
Suzanne Mackie, 22, from Edinburgh, bought bags of 99p Christmas Jelly Babies at her local store last Monday.
She had intended to give them to her nieces as a gift, but then discovered they went out of date on December 9.
“It’’s absolutely ridiculous that a quality company such as Marks & Spencer could make such a blatant mistake,” the Telegraph quoted her, as saying.
In Glasgow, a pack of six Classics for Christmas mince pies had a best before date of November 17.
A spokesman for Consumer Focus Scotland said it did not feel the labelling was deliberately misleading but ”could be easily misconstrued by the consumer”.
M&S insisted that the jelly babies were meant to be an impulse buy, eaten long before Christmas Day. (ANI)

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