April 23, 2007

The Impressive Pace of Food Science

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:09 pm by Ian

To my loyal fans: fear not. There is a longerish entry about my hiking trip of a week ago, and the friendly domesticated beast who befriended us on our quest in progress.

I’m sitting at my desk at work and looking at the empty snack-sized bag of Doritos, which says, in the lower left corner “Flavored Tortilla Chips.” While the use of “flavored” without a modifier betrays the fact that this isn’t real food, it’s still better than the corresponding explanation on the snack-sized Cheetos bags: “Cheese Flavored Product”. But what actually caught my eye today is in another corner, where the freshness guarantee is stamped. It says

Guaranteed Fresh until

June 19
18:28

That’s right. They can predict when these chips will go stale to the minute. I am now tempted to squirrel away two of the other bags until mid-June to test this prediction.

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