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Consumers are urged to be wary of buying expired products as activists push for more accountability

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On a lazy Sunday afternoon, Vithaya Kulsomboon had to call off his plan to share iced chao kuay _ black jelly _ with his family when he found the expiry date marked on the package came a few days before he bought it. He was considering getting a refund on the pack or simply throwing it away. 

"Most Thais would throw away the pack, get frustrated with themselves, and then get over it in the next few days," said Saree Ongsomwang, secretary-general of the Foundation for Consumers, at a consumer forum at a recent conference held by Thailand Pesticide Alert Network.

It would be a lot less complicated to dump the pack, as many have done, and forget about the expired dessert. But activists are encouraging Thais to be more proactive to stand up for their rights, rather than being ignorant.

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