Dates

Dates

In this article, let’s talk about expiration dates. Have you ever thought about those dates compared to others? There are usually (or should be) best by dates on items that consumers buy, there are sell by dates, there are expiration dates, there are all kinds of dates. If you look for it you will find something on the packaging that indicates a certain amount of time. Sometimes the effective date matters most on regards to the timing of opening the product itself. Milk for example; sure there is either a sell by or a best by date, but also after you open up the carton the clock starts ticking. That milk might have a shelf life in the refrigerator for another three weeks, but since it has now been opened, you will likely want to consume it over the next seven to ten days. As time goes on the milk can come to be sour or simply not tasting as fresh.

What other items does this expiration dates matter affect? Not only perishable goods but non perishable goods. Have you seen the back or the bottom of a can of food? What about an electrical component? Yes, many times you will find dates on products that although they may be very far out in the future, they are nonetheless dates still there for the consumer to view and take note of. An Allied rj45 jack with magnetics? How about a car seat for a child? You would be surprised at what has an expiration date on it. Some folks do not know that yes, car seats and booster seats and things have expiration dates on them. The first rule is that if an automobile that has a car seat in it, is then in an accident or crash that the car seat is no longer salvageable. It literally needs to be thrown away. It is not safe for a child to use it again in an automobile. Now, car seats even if they have not been in an accident also have expiration dates on them, printed somewhere. Find this date and keep it in mind. This is why many donation places do not accept car seats for any reason for they do not know the history of the car seat whether it was in an accident or if the expiration date has been scratched or is illegible. Go the safe route and buy car seats new, among other items, when it comes to quality and safety.