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May 10, 2016

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Kevin Segedi

Lynn,
The only thing that I would add to your revision, for the US market, is: "Allow to sit for 1 minute before serving as contents may burn you!!" Or something similar.

The company gets my respect for sending you an incentive to give them another shot.

Kevin

jen

As a trainer who spends the day writing job aids and instructions on how to perform complex tasks, ALWAYS TEST WHAT YOU WRITE!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Kevin,

That's a helpful addition. I think one exclamation point is sufficient.

I chuckled at your phrase "for the US market." You must perceive us as needing a little extra help. If my situation is an example, we do!

Lynn

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Jen, excellent advice! I wish people would do it when they refer me to a particular web page; far too often, what they say will be on a page is not.

Lynn

Kevin Segedi

Lynn,
The exclamation points were in jest. A period would be more appropriate.

I would be surprised if there wasn't some indication on the packaging of potential physical harm.

Thanks for bringing one of my favorite topics, food, into these discussions. Consumer packaging, especially in the food and beverage market, can be a great source of entertainment.

Kevin

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for elaborating. I knew you were kidding, but I have international readers who might wonder whether double exclamation points were standard in North America.

I checked the frozen food package (still in my office recycling). No additional burn warnings. But let's remember that the instructions were lacking.

Lynn

Deborah

Dear Lynn,

Forgive me, but I must admit I couldn't help but smile at your wrecked burrito :) haste is a poor advisor!

I've noticed that generally organic products labels seem to be less precise. Maybe it's because they've been on the market for a shorter amount of time and lack the experience?

Deborah

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Deborah,

You may be right about the reason for less precise instructions on organic products. They will learn!

Thanks for stopping by.

Lynn

pamela

I did not have any information about variations in microwave oven but fortunately i came across your article and read about it. Thanks for sharing.

Eva Darias

I have just discovered this blog, it is great! Thank you for your help. I a Spanish, but I use English a lot for my work! :-)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Welcome!

maryjane

great information.

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