Thank Al Capone for the “Best Before” Dates on Your Milk Cartons

Was the notorious gangster a do-gooder?

Al Capone
Al Capone, 1930, after his arrest by the Chicago Detective Bureau. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Have you ever paid attention to the expiry dates on milk cartons? I’m sure you have but have you thought about why we need them in the first place? Or where do these dates come from? The answer to these questions concerns a notorious gangster.




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Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

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