I watched last Saturday’s (October 4) edition of the ABS-CBN show XXX, hosted by Pinky Webb and Julius Babao. The topic was about the double dead chicken sold only at dawn in Divisoria. They also featured “tricks” done by some unscrupulous vendors with the products they sell. What really caught my attention is when they showed a portion of an episode they had in July wherein a factory worker was caught “updating” expiration dates of some products. I couldn’t be wrong but the products that they showed were from Korea. The man was shown using acetone to erase the original expiration date on the labels and “updating” it with a date stamp.
The last time I was in the Philippines (January 2008), I was surprised to see so many Korean products being sold at major supermarkets (SM Supermarket and Robinson’s Hypermart in particular). What surprised me more is seeing some Pinoys actually buying them! I hope they didn’t spend money on expired goods though.