Ever seen store wrapped and reseasoned ribs in the case that were "ready to go" all you had to do was take em howm and smoke em or grill em? Ever seen ribs made at the deli counter next to the fried chickens?
Well... what you pointed out was where that comes from. Could be totally safe (because it was frozen) but not always and the person that said a HI would have a ball is right if they caught this out of the freezer.
Stores that have issue like these famously take them out of their original packaging and re pack them. They also cook them up that day. Remember Food Lion a few decades ago got caught on camera taking out of date chickens, running through a light bleach solution and spicing them up (so you can't smell they were bad) or making "hot and spicy fried chicken?"