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X is for eXasperated with toxic grocery sorting

 OK, this is it. I think I’m done shopping at Sentry Foods.

At least, in our town.

I just lugged a half-dozen bags into my kitchen and began unpacking my groceries. Guess what I found, all in one bag?

  • One package of fresh ground beef
  • One package of raw stir-fry beef strips
  • One large container of vanilla yogurt
  • One package of lettuce shreds
  • One multi-pack of raisins

All in the same bag!

In fact, one of the meat packages was a little drippy.
Can you say, “E. coli”? How about “Listeria” or “Salmonella”?

This is not the first time this has happened at the same Sentry Foods store.

Yeah, I know. I should have been paying better attention, instead of answering my phone, rummaging through my purse for my checkbook, and unhooking my keys from my purse strap. But I did load the items on the conveyor intentionally, with a huge space separating the raw meats from the rest of my grocery items.

Silly me, assuming the checkout clerk would catch the point and bag the raw meat separately.

This is not the first time I’ve found Sentry checkers stacking raw meats in the same bags as non-cooking items.

About three months ago, I even wrote to the corporate office at Sentry Foods, informing them that I had found raw chicken and ground beef packed in the same grocery bag as fresh strawberries, Wheat Thins crackers, and a package of hot dog buns.

No response.

Yep, I think we are pretty much done with Sentry. It’s not the only show in town. And the baggers at Pick ‘N Save and WalMart know how to sort groceries for packing.

Sure, it’s great to conserve resources and use fewer bags. But it’s downright dangerous to pack uncooked meats with items customers will not be cooking at all.

Now, if anyone in my family suffers from food poisoning tonight, I’m calling the checker.

By the way, her name is Mary, according to the receipt.

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  1. Hi Linda,

    Haven't shopped at Sentry in a long time, not since moving to the flatlands. I'd be exasperated too, and I just hate it when the baggers do stuff like this.


  2. This is a problem I don't think I've ever run into, BUT... I've been walking, cycling, or taking public transport to the store at least part of the time for my entire adult life, so I've bagged my own groceries for so long that I do it myself even when I have a car with me. I also always bring my own bags, which for some reason makes the cashiers more open to me bagging my own.

    And I can't remember the last time I had a drippy meat package. That just grosses me out-- what's the point of using so much packaging if it isn't even working?



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