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    Villa Market: Rotten Meat

    I quite like shopping Villa Market but I have noticed several times that their "stickers" on Fresh packaged meat (Thai French) and other imported meat were "suspicious" with dates.

    This is now the third time that the meat I bought was basically already rotten 1 day before the "sell-by" date, so it's definitely not random or a possible problem with the cold chain, but a systematic "scam" with the stickers by Villa Market.

    I had the same problem with FoodLand with their Australian imports and Argentina imports. I stopped buying there after I got the same experience for 3 times within only a few weeks, despite buying meat there for months without problems.

    Carrefour seems to be the only decent place for meat (Thai French) but they don't have other imported meat like Australian.

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    meat is best eaten 'gamey' anyway.

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    i'll tell the wife that next time she complains about my cheesy dick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    meat is best eaten 'gamey' anyway.
    Not for this dude it ain't,, I get nice fresh meat from my supplier in BKK, most of the NZ and Aussie is fresh frozen the day of slaughter, which might have been last year tho, and the Thai beef that comes out of Kings Kitchen is also to damn fresh, I had to have my upper plate rebuilt and had a steak in the meat tray of the fridge and it was in there for over a week, and when I got my new teeth, I took it out and it was just as damn fresh as when i put it in there, and I never ate over age meat from a butcher shop, I always had meat killed, aged 3 days to get rid of rigor and frozen, no rotten meat for this young man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    frozen the day of slaughter, which might have been last year tho, and the Thai beef that comes out of Kings Kitchen is also to damn fresh, I had to have my upper plate rebuilt and had a steak in the meat tray of the fridge and it was in there for over a week, and when I got my new teeth, I took it out and it was just as damn fresh as when i put it in there, and I never ate over age meat from a butcher shop,
    erm, use blender then.

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    Years ago Villa had a habit of sticking their Price Stickers over the already expired date on their Imported Crackers etc. TP

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    This has been mentioned before somewhere, and seeing your post is today BF one concludes that they have not learned from past mistakes...

    Despite all their advertising it seems that they have a definite policy of changing used-by-dates on their produce...

    how to stop it though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    erm, use blender then.
    Nope, just run it thru the grinder and make hamburger, and I like hamburgers anyway. But I have 1 pound packs of it already ground in the freezer, so just leave as steaks til I want one, teeth willing..

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    u could probably even stick it into an IV drip....

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    Villa have a dreadful reputation for re-stamping sell by dates, this has gone on for years now. Not only that but the Suk 33 shop is pretty dirty say compared with their ThonLor store.

    Just to be on the safe side, as far a fresh food is concerned I only buy stuff that can be microwaved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryHacker
    I only buy stuff that can be microwaved.
    mmm, sound like a nutritious diet...

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    ^ talking about food I would buy from Villa.......but you are right of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    Despite all their advertising it seems that they have a definite policy of changing used-by-dates on their produce... how to stop it though?
    Villa has some items that cannot be found anywhere else so if one wants these items they will have to purchase at Villa. The vast majority of Villa's product can be found at other food outlets. For the sake of convenience, there was a time when I bought nearly all my food at Villa even though I knew I could purchase else where at a lower price. After having problems with used by date switching, I told the manager I would be taking my business else where and I did. For too many years Villa has essentially had a monopoly and has failed to recognize they now have serious competition whose business practices, facilities and prices are far superior.

    Villa will only change when they start to lose good customers.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    This practice by Villa has been reported many times over the years, but I can't say I have ever had a problem with their food myself. Should be fairly easy to spot already rotten meat in a shop anyway shouldn't it?

    Doesn't excuse changing the dates of course.

    I prefer going to the Gourmet food shop top floor of the Emporium now, a good selection of imported foods and much better sausages.

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    Emporium seems to be a better place for shopping Fresh meat, but extremely expensive Australian imports compared to FoodLand and Villa, I guess it has a price for not rotten meat

    Food Hall in Central Chidlom is also good place for meat, but at par with Emporium and Siam Paragon Gourmet Market,

    Villa is still OK for packaged food you can't find elsewhere but that's it. I also noticed they no longer sell Italian Salamis, probably too many problems with their sell-by date policy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkkmadness
    I prefer going to the Gourmet food shop top floor of the Emporium now, a good selection of imported foods and much better sausages.
    yeah - but the business of that place does my head in...

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    My problem is that after a session in 33 its quite easy to stagger into villa and get a handful of pies to take home and demolish, one is not the best judge of good food when pissed as a fart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    Emporium seems to be a better place for shopping Fresh meat, but extremely expensive Australian imports compared to FoodLand and Villa, I guess it has a price for not rotten meat
    Of course, they'll have to calculate in the stuff they won't sell while it's fresh.

    The only 'rotten' meat I got was chicken parts from Tesco, but generally I prefer to buy fresh products from markets anyway - they are actually fresh there and cost less as well.

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    ^^ I don't follow you KW?

    Certain TOPS supermarket branches are now stocking a lot more quality imported food.

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    Only use any supermarkets for dry goods
    Everything else is from the local open markets

    Bought a megga pack of frozen Tesco chicken legs a few years ago for a BBQ- defrosted them -top layer looked ok - second layer were liquid - Sell by date was 2 weeks in the future !

    Never again !!!

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