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What do expiration dates really mean? - The Galveston County Daily News: Columns

December 8, 2016

What do expiration dates really mean?

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00 pm

Q: How important are the expiration dates on foods and medications? Am I at risk if I take pills or eat foods that are out of date?

A: I’ll tell you how important they are. Milk was on the list. I found the milk section, with only a little help from some other shopper. I found the size container I wanted and I took it off the shelf, checked out and went home expecting some praise. Well, it didn’t quite happen that way. When I got home my wife explained to me that the expiration date on the milk was the day before I purchased it. And, of course, when we opened it there was a funny smell.

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