Quaker oats are gluten free but you might want to check the used by date.
Quaker oats are gluten free but you might want to check the used by date.

Family’s sick-inducing discovery on cereal box

A family in Colorado has proved why it's always important to look at the expiration dates before buying groceries.

After getting home from Walmart on Monday, the Carelses - of Lakewood, Colo. - realized that they had purchased a box of Quaker 100% Natural Granola cereal that was more than two decades old, Fox News reports.

Only problem was, they didn't notice until after they started eating it.

"I had about two bites, and that was it," Andrea Carelse told Denver 7. Her husband, Josiah, scarfed down an entire bowl.

The family purchased the food from the cereal aisle at Walmart.
The family purchased the food from the cereal aisle at Walmart.

"I just started eating and thinking, 'It just tastes funny. It must be OK,'" he said, noting how his wife had warned him to stop.

"I was like, 'Josiah, you're going to be really sick,'" Andrea remembered.

Luckily for him, the cereal - which was dated Feb. 22, 1997 - didn't cause any problems.

"We just grabbed this off the shelf and yeah… 21 years old," Josiah said.

Denver 7 reached out to Walmart and PepsiCo, Quaker's parent company, for comment on the stomach-churning purchase. While Pepsi didn't respond, Walmart said it was looking into the incident.



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