You open the fridge, drag out the cottage cheese, check for fur, and if there isn't any, you say, "Honey? " This is not, however, the approved method of checking for freshness.
The approved way lies in a voluntary system of labeling. The only items required by federal law to be labeled for expiration are infant formula and some baby foods; some states also mandate pulling dairy from store shelves on the expiration date. The actual term "Expiration Date" refers to the last date a food should be eaten or used. Other, more commonly spotted terms are: The FDA does require that drugs carry an expiration date.
Alan Goldhammer, Ph D, associate vice president for regulatory affairs of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (Ph RMA), tells Web MD that safety, purity, and potency must be tested and established over time by drug manufacturers.
By breakfast, the hours had become minutes and all too soon it was a taxi honking or a flight number being called.
"They try to establish a reasonable date to allow for time in the supply chain and pharmacy shelves," he says.
The chemicals in drugs do break down and change over time, becoming more potent (or poisonous) or ineffective.
If you’d like to read a post from immediately after a break-up on the road (one of the two that inspired this post), you can read all about Goodbyes.
There are a great many reasons why you might choose to ‘expiry date’, but the reason that leaps out at me is a simple one: because you care for the person and want to spend more time with them. I look back fondly upon our last months together as some of the best of the relationship.