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Canned foods do have expiration dates; however, this date does not necessarily mean that the product has gone bad. Canned foods can last up to five years depending on the contents, according to the USDA. More »

Canned foods do not need expiration dates because they are safe to eat indefinitely, notes the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service. If the cans are not swelling, rusty or dented and have not been frozen, the food ins... More »

The date that appears on canned food is a "use by" date. This date marks the end of the period during which the product is at its peak freshness and flavor. More »

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Companies determine food expiration dates in a variety of ways, depending on the type of food. As of 2015, the only food item required by U.S. federal regulations to be marked with an expiration date is infant formula, s... More »

The expiration dates for canned food is often stamped on the top, bottom or the label of the can. Instead of expiration dates some cans list best-by and sell-by dates. More »

Drinking milk past its expiration date may lead to food poisoning because of the bacteria that grows in the milk and makes it sour. Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea. More »

Milk that has been frozen properly before its expiration date can be thawed and safely consumed. Frozen milk should be thawed in cold water or in the refrigerator. More »