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January 1st, 2004
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CSI question
I don't know how many of you watch CSI. According to the ads, just about everybody everywhere watches it, so I figure it's a fair bet that somebody else watches it.

Then again, the question is prompted by CSI, and is only tangentially related.


On the episode I'm currently watching, the investigators are examining bottled water, and there was a scene where the expiration date of the bottles was prominently featured onscreen.

So my question is: why does bottled water have expiration dates? What happens after that date?

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From:demyankee
Date:January 2nd, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
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It tastes like sour milk.
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From:tsmaster
Date:January 2nd, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
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No, there's something else that tastes like sour milk after the expiration date... it's... oh, right. It's milk.
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From:ginsu
Date:January 2nd, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
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I believe you are referring to the heat death of the universe.
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From:tsmaster
Date:January 2nd, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
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And, as it happens, it's milk that causes the heat death of the universe. Think about it. Mrs. O'Leary's cow, milk, Chicago fire. It's all there.

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From:jsmitty_o
Date:January 2nd, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)

CYA

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It is my personal belief that some items, such as water, that have expiration dates are more of a cover your ass kind of thing. It's probably put on there by the company's legal department, if I had to guess. Well, not BY them, but on their order.

I say it's a CYA thing because chances are nothing bad is going to change in the water. Now, having said that, it makes a *little* bit of sense to put on an expiration because after a long long while, it is possible to for something to change. If you left that bottle of water out in the sun the entire time, things will probably end up growing inside. Not a lot, maybe just a little teeny bit of algae or whatever, but just enough to affect the flavor. You probably don't want to store the bottle in the sun. Also, the other thing to consider is that over time, the water's taste will also be affected by its container. It will taste less fresh. But the question is how, and do you, as a consumer, really care?

And then there's the cynic's answer to your question: It's there so people will throw it out if it's after the expiration date and instead will buy something new.
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