Food code dates are often misleading.

"My local food pantry gives out expired food!"

Food code dates are often misleading.
  • If your pantry is distributing the food, it is safe to eat.

  • Many foods (especially canned foods) are safe to eat well beyond the expiration date printed on their packaging.

  • If foods packages are severely damaged, smell or look funny, don't eat them.

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Talk to your food pantry staff if you have concerns, but know that food banks are very careful to keep clients safe.

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How to Understand Food Expiration Dates at the Grocery Store

Understanding what food code dates mean and how long certain foods last after their expiration date.

How To Understand Food Expiration Dates At the Grocery Store


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