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Where can you find the expiration date on canned food?

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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.

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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.

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