Information about Food Product Dating

posted almost 6 years ago by freetheneed from Free the Need
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Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the dates on the canned goods in the Thanksgiving Baskets. Canned food included in the baskets follows the USDA safety information. The USDA states that canned foods are safe indefinitely as long as they are not exposed to freezing temperatures, or temperatures above 90 °F (32.2° C). Please follow the link below to get the full information from the USDA.

While turkeys and other items were purchased, canned goods put in the baskets were mainly received from community food drives in part of a larger effort to reach families and came from various sources all over the state. People of all ages came together to get donations of food for this Thanksgiving distribution. High school classes, individuals, neighborhoods, college students, sororities and workplace food drives were all part of the outpouring of support to assist the Weed families.

Here are some pertinent points about canned goods from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Website. Please follow the recommendation of the USDA in the link below.

Canned foods are safe indefinitely as long as they are not exposed to freezing temperatures, or temperatures above 90 °F (32.2° C). If the cans look ok, they are safe to use. Discard cans that are dented, rusted, or swollen. High-acid canned foods (tomatoes, fruits) will keep their best quality for 12 to 18 months; low-acid canned foods (meats, vegetables) for 2 to 5 years.

Types of Dates: A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.

A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.

A "Use-By" date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.

"Closed or coded dates" are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer.

Safety After Date Expires: Except for "use-by" dates, product dates don't always pertain to home storage and use after purchase. "Use-by" dates usually refer to best quality and are not safety dates. Even if the date expires during home storage, a product should be safe, wholesome and of good quality if handled properly.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this food distribution happen in so many communities in Siskiyou County. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


  • Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to provide Thanksgiving food for families!

    nancyquigley "(almost 6 years ago)"
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