Where Can You Find the Expiration Date on Canned Food?

The expiration date on canned food items is usually printed on the top, bottom or side of the can. Canned foods have a very long shelf when stored properly.

On average, canned meats, tuna and vegetables have a shelf life of 5 years. Fruits and vegetables, including canned tomatoes, have a shelf life of 1.5 to 2 years.

Some canned foods may not have listed expiration dates. However, the cans may be stamped with a best-by date or sell-by date.

Over time, canned food can lose its texture as well as taste. Keeping canned goods in a cool and dry location aids in extending its shelf life. If canned foods leak or begin to bulge they should be discarded. Likewise, if the food gives off a foul odor or has changed in texture and color it should not be consumed.