Speaking of expiration dates though.....my mind is boggled by the "Best by..." stamp on so many items that I wasn't aware ever expired. I understand food products. I am petrified of salmonella, botulism, and even freezer burn. So, we follow those dates pretty closely. But soda and water expire now. What's up with that? Maybe soda goes flat, but what's the deal with water? What could possibly happen to bottled water? I just loaded my dishwasher and noticed an expiration date on the detergent bottle. Really? Soap goes bad?
Is this all a marketing ploy? So that, if you buy in bulk, and can't use up your detergent fast enough, you'll notice that expiration date and buy more anyway? Maybe, after that date, it won't clean the salmonella germs off of the cutting board I used when I cut up my raw chicken!