Word Prompt Expiration Dates

“Why is edamame always ready to expire? It´s so urgent for a vegetable. Edamame. It sounds like an assisted form of suicide. Is there an advertising concept in this?” ― Suzanne Finnamore.

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Have you noticed that a great many of the cosmetic products we use, the  foods we eat, medications we are prescribed and even the batteries we use in our electronic products all have an expiration date?

I am usually a stickler for this sort of thing and was rudely awakened to the fact that the decongestants tablet I was about to swallow to relieve my allergy symptoms expired in May of 2017.

How many times have you yourself avoided purchasing something in the grocery store because the printed expiration date on the label caused you to have doubts about the quality of the item?

I can accept the panic mode we go into when a product’s shelf life is about to end especially if we are discussing personal products ( mascara, lip balm and the like)  and doctor prescribed pill, lotions and potions.

But too often we hypnotize ourselves into believing that many of the other sundry items we consider purchasing fall into the same category.

Are you a stickler to such product warnings or have you mellowed to the fact that shelf life and product safety might not be that closely related?

Tell us how you handle this delicate interpretation . — gc

Background Note:

Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod, found in cuisines with origins in East Asia. The pods are boiled or steamed and may be served with salt. In Japan, they are usually blanched in 4% salt water and not served with salt.

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