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Unread 05-31-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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Default canned food expired

i just noticed i have several cans of progresso chicken noodle soup which expired on 5 may 2011. are they still edible? i dont want to get sick. but, if i can still eat them i will asap.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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THEY DO NOT EXPIRE ON THAT DATE.

That is the date on which the processor/seller stops guaranteeing that they still have the same flavor and texture and overall quality as the day they were packed.

They do not "suddenly" become fatally toxic at 12:01 AM EST on that date.

If you had opened them on May 4, and they were gone bad, you could have taken them back to the store for a refund. On May 6 you can't. That is the only thing that date means. The warranty is expired.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 09:02 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Gez.... you are not going to be sick! The producer has to set up a expiration date, so you can safely threw out a perfectly good can of soup, go to the store and buy another can. It's good for the business
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Unread 05-31-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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I travel by sea on my boat with hundreds of cans of emergency food. The rule of thumb is even if it is over 2 years expired. Open it up if it isn't bulging and appear about to explode.

If after opening it looks good, smells good, then eat it.

One great way to save a few dollars is look for sections in the market where they are selling off cans about to expire at a discount. After they expire they frequently go to discount stores where you can buy expired cans and live happily and safely eating the same food that others pay twice the price to buy.

I can't tell you how annoyed I was when new crew members aboard my boat when asked to clean out the food lockers thought to look at the labels and toss out provisions.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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glad to hear this and i learned a lot. thanks folks
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Unread 06-01-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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i just noticed i have several cans of progresso chicken noodle soup which expired on 5 may 2011. are they still edible? i dont want to get sick. but, if i can still eat them i will asap.
From working in food pantries and food banks I know the guideline is no more than 6 months after expiration. Normally it is best to use within a month.

Nita
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Unread 06-01-2011, 02:01 PM
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^^^ that's maybe norm for the food pantries, schools, cafeterias and the whole food business, but at your home you can safely eat canned food way after expiration date. As someone said: open it, look at it and smell it... then taste a little...

If after opening it looks good, smells good, then eat it.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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A lot of these kind of topics lately.
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Unread 06-01-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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i just noticed i have several cans of progresso chicken noodle soup which expired on 5 may 2011. are they still edible? i dont want to get sick. but, if i can still eat them i will asap.
As long as the cans are not bulging and you heat the soup thorougly you should be fine. Commercially canned goods (with the exception of condensed milk) usually last well beyond the printed expiraton date.

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Unread 06-01-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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^^^ that's maybe norm for the food pantries, schools, cafeterias and the whole food business, but at your home you can safely eat canned food way after expiration date. As someone said: open it, look at it and smell it... then taste a little...

If after opening it looks good, smells good, then eat it.
oh, I agree, but what I am saying is no, food with a date just a few weeks old is not going to hurt anyone. Of course the food banks, schools,etc have to use a strict guideline. Heck even in home canning: I have relish I canned about 4 years ago and we are still loving it. I think we only have one more jar. I made a lot, but no one uses much here.

Heck growing up we had no clue when something was purchased or how long it was good, like you said, it smelled ok, looked OK we ate it.
Nita
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