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March 02, 2021

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Without Al Capone, many products would not have expiry dates today. He did it as a way to make more money, but he also spared many from illness from spoiled food.

I thought that the only time Al Capone was interested in expiration dates is when set the expiration date of a rival gang members, as in the St Valentines day massacre, but the he is this little story from Smithsonian Magazine on 3/24/2014

There's a fun bit of speculation, which one reporter attributed to a park ranger at Alcatraz, that Al Capone popularized expiration dates on milk back in the 1930's. The story goes that on of Capone's family members got sick after drinking so expired milk, and Capone got interested in the milk industry. He bought up a milk processor, called Meadowmoor Dairies, and he lobbied the Chicago City Council to pass a law requiring visable date stamps on milk containers. But food labeling on all kinds of food doesn't happen until the 1970's.

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