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I have some tuna packets that are about 6 months past their "date." I wondered about longevity of canned/sealed food goods.

 

"Is Canned Tuna Still Safe After the “Best By” Date?

 

Question: I have some canned tuna in my pantry. The “best by” date was several months ago. Is it still safe to eat?  

Answer: Yes, the tuna should be fine  provided you’ve been storing it properly and the unopened can isn’t damaged.
 
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture points out, “Best By,” “Best if Used By,” and “Use By” dates on commercially packaged foods sold in the United States are not food safety dates. Provided voluntarily by manufacturers, they are an indication of how long products are likely to remain at peak quality.
 
After the “best by” date has passed, the canned tuna’s texture, color and flavor will gradually deteriorate. So from a sheer quality standpoint, the sooner you eat the tuna, the better.
 
But from a safety perspective, you can consume it well beyond the “best by” date in fact, unopened shelf-stable commercially canned foods will keep safe indefinitely (assuming they remain properly stored and undamaged), according to the USDA.
 
Just be sure to store your tuna and other shelf-stable canned goods in a cool, dry area and check to see that unopened cans are not leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented. You should always throw out damaged cans, without tasting the food first."
 
We still use a first-in, first-out (FIFO) food storage method (and we only store what we already use).

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When something goes BAD the can will swell up. I carry THOSE carefully out back and then shoot them from a safe distance! If the can/package isn't obviously deteriorated I use the sniff and taste off the tip of my finger method and then if it smells good and tastes like it should I COOK it. To tell the truth I was eating C and K rations that were no telling how old all the time when I was young. I carried a case of them in my camper and never had a problem with any of them. Some of them were WW2 surplus and some were Korean War surplus. Let me put it like this. The older ones had Lucky Strike or Camel non-filter 4 pack of cigarettes in the accessory pack and the newer ones had Marlboro’s or Winston's Cigs and the case lots came with P-38s. I was eating them in the mid 60s.through the early 70s.You could get them for 60 to 75 cents a ration at the GI Surplus Store. They were actually pretty good too. Not fancy nor light but just good home-style cooking in a can.

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I've always heard that as long as the can is undamaged and not bulging it should be good for a 1-2 years after the use by date.

 

as a side note you should always be rotating your supplies into your regular meals that you eat this way you'll have uptodate cans on hand and nothing will sit too long...

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I ate "K" and "C" Rations YEARS after their date expired maybe decades drank CD (civil defense) canned water from the 1960's it was still wet :P

 

Having eaten some foreign military rations as well I can say I would rather eat fast food although the coffee and dried fruit are the things I scrounge.

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Having survived my childhood years, having to eat/consume the horrible and unpalatable "stuff" my mother made, she WAS a terrible cook,

we do watch the "best buy" dates. Somethings I won't try or eat, like chicken or tuna salad in cans, that is more than a year out

of code, have no idea how it was stored, etc.Most stuff if the can is not bulged or damaged, will be "good" in the can.

Anything is/was better than "Mom's Cooking" when I was in the military. I really liked the SOS our USAF "chefs" made for us, still

like it to this day. Mom's Cooking was just plain N-A-S-T-Y.

There are and were many C-rats I actually LIKED to eat. Yeah, that's how "bad" her cooking was.

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