Japanese snacks, anyone? They’re free, but eat them at your own risk.
Netizens recovered hundreds of boxes of Japanese snacks dumped outside a refuse collection point on Hung Cheung Road in Tuen Men over the weekend.
The crates of Jagabee potato sticks, manufactured by Tokyo-based snack food maker Calbee Corp., are estimated to have a combined retail price of HK$100,000, but they were found to be 10 days past their “best before” date, news website hk01.com reports.
It’s not clear what those who obtained the snacks did with them.
News of the snacks being abandoned at the garbage station circulated on Facebook on Saturday morning. The post called on people to “save the food”.
Many netizens, especially those living near Hung Cheung Road, responded to the call and all the boxes were taken in just a few hours.
Greenprice, an online grocery store dedicated to reducing food waste, said people should exercise caution before consuming food from unknown or suspicious sources, as they may be contaminated.
Colis Lam Wai-chun, founder of Hong Kong chain 759 Store, said he felt sad to see food items being thrown away like that.
Lam suspected that the owner of the snack food items decided to get rid of the products because they could not be sold anymore and keeping them would entail storage costs.
He said the Jagabee potato sticks are distributed in Hong Kong by Four Seas Mercantile Holdings Limited, while his own 759 Store procures its supplies directly from the manufacturer in Tokyo.
At 759 Store, staff regularly check on the “best before” date of all products and launch discounts to boost sales before the products expire, Lam said.
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