'DATELINE' PROMPTS LOOK AT SELL-BY POLICIES

NEW YORK -- Supermarkets said the "Dateline NBC" undercover investigation that aired last week served as a catalyst for enforcing their policies about changing the "sell-by" dates on their packages of fresh meat and seafood, but it was not the public-relations disaster some had feared.Using hidden cameras and a metal stamp to secretly imprint dates in Styrofoam packages, Dateline found that all seven

NEW YORK -- Supermarkets said the "Dateline NBC" undercover investigation that aired last week served as a catalyst for enforcing their policies about changing the "sell-by" dates on their packages of fresh meat and seafood, but it was not the public-relations disaster some had feared.

Using hidden cameras and a metal stamp to secretly imprint dates in Styrofoam packages, Dateline found that all seven chains it investigated -- Winn-Dixie Stores, Albertson's, Publix, Kroger Co., Pathma

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