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Canned goods: Most expiration dates on foods in cans range from 1 to 4 years—but keep the food in a cool, dark place and the cans undented and in good condition, and you can likely safely double that shelf life from 3 to up to 6 years. Restock your kitchen with the Best Canned and Jarred Goods for Men.Mar 16, 2014

Which expired foods are okay to eat? | Fox News

Food myths debunked: When do canned foods really expire?

When does canned food really expire? Is it safe to eat canned food after the “best by” date? Here’s what we know.

Jan. 9, 2018 / 8:57 AM MST / Source: TODAY By Katie Jackson

During the winter months, chances are pretty good that one night, you may be reaching for that can of soup in your pantry when it’s just too cold to go out — and you’re too tired to prepare a whole meal.

But while you’re opening it, you see the date stamped on the top and recoil. The soup expired two months ago! Or did it? When it comes to canned foods — and a lot of foods in general — it turns out many consumers aren’t always sure what those stamped dates actually mean.

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Sell by dates and best by dates are not actually mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unless it’s for infant formula, the dates on packages are voluntarily provided by the manufacturers. Stores can even sell products that are weeks or months “past” their dates.

So, what do the numbers on the cans really mean? TODAY Food reached out to the Canned Food Alliance, whose spokesperson pointed us to their basic guide referencing expiration dates. According to their guidelines, canned food (when kept at relatively stable temperatures) will remain at peak quality for at least two years after it’s been processed. They note that while food in cans “retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years,” its color and texture may change after that time. Many factors affect how long a food will stay edible in the can, but food kept at “moderate temperatures [75 degrees or below]” may last indefinitely.

Does that mean you should be eating food out of a can found on the Titanic? Probably not.

Ron Giles, Quality Assurance Director of Goya Foods, Inc. says the canned food industry prefers to use “best by” dates as opposed to expiration dates.

“Canned foods do not expire on a certain date,” explains Giles. “One cannot say that the canned food is good on one day and not good the next day. Canned foods are under a vacuum. The absence of oxygen helps to extend the shelf life of canned foods.”

Goya Foods, Inc.

A “best by” date, on the other hand, indicates when a consumer may notice a decrease in quality. For example, the food’s color, texture or flavor may not be optimal. NBC nutrition consultant and registered dietician Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of “Read It Before You Eat It,” said that there may also be a decrease in nutritional value.

But even then, it takes years for that to happen. Goya canned beans, for example, have a best by date of three to five years from the day of production. Goya — which is one of the world’s largest food processing companies — determines a product’s shelf life by taking into account several factors. In addition to looking at industry standards and doing internal evaluations, the company uses insight from packaging material suppliers.

So which older canned food is safer to eat? In general, foods that are more acidic will actually expire sooner. Foods with a more basic pH level will last longer than most canned vegetables and fruits. This means good old Spam may actually outlive those canned peaches.

But storage quality is really the biggest determinant of canned food safety.

When I think ‘zombie apocalypse bunker’ I think canned food!” says Emily Peterson, Chef Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. “Can something meant to feed us ‘forever’ in case of emergency ever really expire?” Peterson doesn’t tell her culinary students to focus on the dates on cans.

“I’m more concerned about the state of the can itself. Is it swollen? That’s a definite no-go. Is it dented or rusted? Throw it away.”


The problem with cans that are in less-than-perfect condition (think dents, dings and swollen areas) is that the hermetic seal and protective lining inside can be broken. Cans are coated with an interior lining that prevents the can’s metal from coming in direct contact with its contents. If the outside of the can is dented, there’s a good chance the interior lining is compromised as well.

Usually, this results in the can rusting or swelling up as the food reacts with the steel, tin or aluminum in the can. Bacteria can also grow and release gases that make the can bulge. (Botulism is a concern for goods improperly canned at home, but it’s not a concern for commercially canned food.)

Lakewood Sentinel on Jeffco Eats

Jeffco Eats hoping for a second helping

Young nonprofit wants to double the amount of children it feeds

Volunteers Charlie Simmons, left, and Chase Spilollner pack food for Jeffco Eats.

Volunteers Charlie Simmons, left, and Chase Spilollner pack food for Jeffco Eats.JOSEPH RIOSPosted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:19 amJEFFCO EATS FACES OF HUNGER AND POVERTY FUNDRAISING DINNER

WHERE: 137 Union Blvd. at the Hampton Inn in Lakewood.

WHEN: Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

COST: Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Rios

Andrea Syko sees students at Emory Elementary School in Lakewood suffer from hunger every day. Syko, the school’s family engagement liaison, says some students at the school struggle to eat, because their families don’t have food at home. Some of the families Syko works with often have to choose between paying rent, or buying groceries.

This isn’t just a problem at Emory Elementary School. According to Jefferson County Public Health, 26,441 students enrolled in Jeffco Public Schools grades preschool through 12th were eligible for free and reduced lunch.

“It’s a big problem, and it’s heartbreaking to see these families struggling. We have a lot of kids on free and reduced lunch, but it doesn’t seem to be enough,” Syko said.

Emory Elementary School is one of the schools that Jeffco Eats provides weekend food for students and families.

The nonprofit serves Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Arvada, and is focused on ensuring that families don’t go hungry on the weekends. Jeffco Eats, which is partnered with Food Bank of the Rockies and the Jefferson County Colorado Department of Education Title One and Homeless area directors, is hosting its Faces of Hunger and Poverty Fundraising Dinner at the Hampton Inn in Lakewood on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The nonprofit is asking for support from the community as it tries to double the number of children it feeds each week. Jeffco Eats, which is only two years old, says it currently feeds 400 children a week. It recently won Lakewood’s Mayor’s Inspiration Award for the work it has done in the community.

“The reality for me is that these children are crying. They cry that they don’t have food,” said Barbara Moore, executive director for Jeffco Eats. “It’s a reality that we hear from the schools that we work with.”

The fundraising event will include dinner, drinks, entertainment and an auction. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at

“The only thing that is guaranteed to lift your spirits is to help someone else,” said Peter Freitag, the operations volunteer leader for Jeffco Eats.

How long are foods ok to eat ?

We know that 50 % of foods grown and sold in USA end up in the dump.  You can watch films like Wasted and Dive to see a big truth about this horrific problem.  In Jeffco Eats and as program provider with Food Bank of the Rockies we are part of an answer to a very big problem.  Each week Food Bank Rockies captures foods ready to be tossed out. The food is safe during times we think”expired”.Image result for movie dive
USDA who is in charge of Food Safety for USA says that these foods are quite safe and can be eaten with no worries amidst the dates they set on the official data sheet you see below.

Many issues of food shaming are talked about today. Middle class America can have some very high standards for food they choose to buy. Food purchasing and selection is a personal matter for many.


If a middle class American chooses to eat expired food, is that food different than the foods we might see at a food bank ?  Culture today has many voices, but children are having no food in their homes on weekends and they cannot be starving because of a culture battle. Image result for movie wasted

Every year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown away. Filmmakers explore the reasons for this waste and ways to fix the problem.
Release dateOctober 13, 2017 (USA)
United States Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service

Food Product Dating-  USDA

“Best if Used By” is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date? Here is some background information answering these and other questions about product dating.

What is Food Product Dating?
Two types of product dating may be shown on a product label. “Open Dating” is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer. The calendar date provides consumers with information on the estimated period of time for which the product will be of best quality and to help the store determine how long to display the product for sale. “Closed Dating” is a code that consists of a series of letters and/or numbers applied by manufacturers to identify the date and time of production.

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Does Federal Law Require Dating?
Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations.

For meat, poultry, and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), dates may be voluntarily applied provided they are labeled in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and in compliance with FSIS regulations1. To comply, a calendar date must express both the month and day of the month. In the case of shelf-stable and frozen products, the year must also be displayed. Additionally, immediately adjacent to the date must be a phrase explaining the meaning of that date such as “Best if Used By.”

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Are Dates for Food Safety or Quality?
Manufacturers provide dating to help consumers and retailers decide when food is of best quality. Except for infant formula, dates are not an indicator of the product’s safety and are not required by Federal law.

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How do Manufacturers Determine Quality Dates?
Factors including the length of time and the temperature at which a food is held during distribution and offered for sale, the characteristics of the food, and the type of packaging will affect how long a product will be of optimum quality. Manufacturers and retailers will consider these factors when determining the date for which the product will be of best quality.

For example, sausage formulated with certain ingredients used to preserve the quality of the product or fresh beef packaged in a modified atmosphere packaging system that helps ensure that the product will stay fresh for as long as possible. These products will typically maintain product quality for a longer period of time because of how the products are formulated or packaged.

The quality of perishable products may deteriorate after the date passes, however, such products should still be safe if handled properly. Consumers must evaluate the quality of the product prior to its consumption to determine if the product shows signs of spoilage.

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What Types of Food are Dated?
Open dating is found on most foods including meat, poultry, egg and dairy products. “Closed or coded dates” are a series of letters and/or numbers and typically appear on shelf-stable products such as cans and boxes of food.

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What Date-Labeling Phrases are Used?
There are no uniform or universally accepted descriptions used on food labels for open dating in the United States. As a result, there are a wide variety of phrases used on labels to describe quality dates.

Examples of commonly used phrases:

  • “Best if Used By/Before” indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
  • “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.
  • “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date except for when used on infant formula as described below.

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What Date-Labeling Phrase does FSIS Recommend?
USDA estimates food loss and waste at 30 percent of the food supply lost or wasted at the retail and consumer levels2. One source of food waste arises from consumers or retailers throwing away wholesome food because of confusion about the meaning of dates displayed on the label. To reduce consumer confusion and wasted food, FSIS recommends that food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating use a “Best if Used By” date.Research shows that this phrase conveys to consumers that the product will be of best quality if used by the calendar date shown. Foods not exhibiting signs of spoilage should be wholesome and may be sold, purchased, donated and consumed beyond the labeled “Best if Used By” date.

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Safety After Date Passes
With an exception of infant formula (described below), if the date passes during home storage, a product should still be safe and wholesome if handled properly until the time spoilage is evident (Chill Refrigerate Promptly). Spoiled foods will develop an off odor, flavor or texture due to naturally occurring spoilage bacteria. If a food has developed such spoilage characteristics, it should not be eaten.

Microorganisms such as molds, yeasts, and bacteria can multiply and cause food to spoil. Viruses are not capable of growing in food and do not cause spoilage. There are two types of bacteria that can be found on food: pathogenic bacteria, which cause foodborne illness, and spoilage bacteria, which cause foods to deteriorate and develop unpleasant characteristics such as an undesirable taste or odor making the food not wholesome, but do not cause illness. When spoilage bacteria have nutrients (food), moisture, time, and favorable temperatures, these conditions will allow the bacteria to grow rapidly and affect the quality of the food. Food spoilage can occur much faster if it is not stored or handled properly. A change in the color of meat or poultry is not an indicator of spoilage (The Color of Meat and Poultry).

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Can Food be Donated After the Date Passes?
Yes. The quality of perishable products may deteriorate after the date passes but the products should still be wholesome if not exhibiting signs of spoilage. Food banks, other charitable organizations, and consumers should evaluate the quality of the product prior to its distribution and consumption to determine whether there are noticeable changes in wholesomeness (Food Donation Safety Tips).

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Dating Infant Formula
Federal regulations require a “Use-By” date on the product label of infant formula under inspection of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consumption by this date ensures the formula contains not less than the quantity of each nutrient as described on the label. Formula must maintain an acceptable quality to pass through an ordinary bottle nipple.

The “Use-By” date is selected by the manufacturer, packer or distributor of the product on the basis of product analysis throughout its shelf life, tests, or other information. It is also based on the conditions of handling, storage, preparation, and use printed on the label. Do not buy or use baby formula after its “Use- By” date.

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What Do Can Codes Mean?
Packing codes are a type of closed dating which enable the tracking of product in interstate commerce. These codes also enable manufacturers to rotate their stock and locate their products in the event of a recall.

Codes appear as a series of letters and/or numbers and refer to the date the product was canned. The codes are not meant for the consumer to interpret as a “Best if Used By” date.

Cans must exhibit a code or the date of canning. Cans may also display “open” or calendar dates. Usually these are “Best if Used By” dates for peak quality. Discard cans that are dented, rusted, or swollen. High-acid canned foods (e.g. tomatoes and fruits) will keep their best quality for 12 to 18 months. Whereas, low-acid canned foods (e.g. meats and vegetables) will keep for two to five years. Additional information on food canning and the handling of canned foods may be found at Shelf-Stable Food Safety.

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Dates on Egg Cartons
Use of either a “Sell-By” or “Expiration” (EXP) date is not a federal regulation, but may be required, as defined by the egg laws in the state where the eggs are marketed. Some state egg laws do not allow the use of a “sell-by” date.

Many eggs reach stores only a few days after the hen lays them. Egg cartons with the USDA grade shield on them must display the “pack date” (the day that the eggs were washed, graded, and placed in the carton). This number is a three-digit code that represents the consecutive day of the year starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365. When a “sell-by” date appears on a carton bearing the USDA grade shield, the code date may not exceed 30 days from the date of pack.

After purchasing eggs, it is recommended to refrigerate them in their original carton and place them in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not in the door due to loss of coolness from repeated opening of the door.

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Bar Codes
A Universal Product Code (UPC) is a type of barcode that appears on packages as black lines of varying widths above a series of numbers. They are not required by regulation but manufacturers print them on most product labels because scanners at supermarkets can “read” them quickly to record the price at checkout. UPC codes are also used by stores and manufacturers for inventory purposes and marketing information. When read by a computer, a UPC can reveal such specific information as the manufacturer’s name, product name, size of product and price. The numbers are not used to identify recalled products.

A Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) code is a number assigned to a product by a company or retailer for stock-keeping purposes and internal operations. A particular product may have different SKUs if sold by different companies or retailers.

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Date Labeling and Impact on Food Waste
Confusion over the meaning of dates applied to food products can result in consumers discarding wholesome food.

In an effort to reduce food waste, it is important that consumers understand that the dates applied to food are for quality and not for safety. Food products are safe to consume past the date on the label, and regardless of the date, consumers should evaluate the quality of the food product prior to its consumption.

Proper Handling of Food
If foods are mishandled, before or after the date on the package, bacteria, including pathogenic bacteria that can cause foodborne illness, can quickly multiply. For example, if cold chicken salad is taken to a picnic and left out at temperatures higher than 40 °F (4.4 °C) for more than two hours (one hour if temperatures are 90 °F (32.2 °C) or higher), the product should not be consumed. Other examples of potential mishandling are meat and poultry products that have been defrosted improperly or handled by people who don’t practice good sanitation. Make sure to follow the handling and preparation instructions on the label to ensure top quality and safety. Additional information on safe food handling practices in the home can be found at Check Your Steps: Food Safe Families and The Big Thaw.

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Food Safety Questions?

  • Call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline toll-free at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854)
  • The Hotline is open year-round and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
  • E-mail questions to
  • Consumers with food safety questions can also “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative. Available 24/7 at

1 9 CFR 317.8 and 381.129

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How Long Are Foods OK to Eat?
  • Milk. Usually fine until a week after the “Sell By” date.
  • Eggs. OK for 3-5 weeks after you bring them home (assuming you bought them before the “sell by” date). …
  • Poultry and seafood. Cook or freeze this within a day or two.
  • Beef and pork. …
  • Canned goods.
Do Food Expiration Dates Really Matter? – WebMDv


For foods with a “Sell By” date, you have a pretty set amount of time before the food goes bad. Milk will usually go bad about a week after the Sell By date, while eggs are okay for 3 to 5 weeks.Jun 27, 2012

What Do These Expiration Dates on My Food Really Mean? – Lifehacker

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Panera – Bread for a Year certificate

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Donate an Item to our Faces of Hunger Gala on November 10

April 30, 2018
Paula Redig, Jeffco Eats
11266 W. 75th Ave
Arvada, CO 80005
To Whom it May Concern:
Over the past 2 years, , Jeffco Eats, a 501(c)(3) Colorado registered non-profit, has been working
toward eliminating childhood hunger in Jefferson County through our weekend and summer food
programs. Each week we provide weekend food packages for over 400 students and their families.
Sadly, the need is much greater than that. There are over 4,000 children in our county who participate
in free and reduced cost lunch programs. While they are provided for while at school, many face hunger
on the weekends. Each year we strive to meet more of our children’s needs by raising money through
grants, sponsorships, and fundraisers.
Consequently, we are pleased to announce our first fundraiser. Our Faces of Hunger and
Poverty Fundraiser Dinner featuring the ‘Empty Bowl Project’ will be November 10th, 2018 at 6:30 at the
Hampton Inn in Lakewood. Our goal of $25,000.00 seems lofty, but hopefully with the help of generous
funding provided by our community, it can be met.
Please help us achieve our goal by making a donation for our silent auction. We will rely on
donated items to keep our costs low, therefore providing more food for our children.
Would you consider donating an item to our auction? A couple of guidelines are:  Market value must be greater than $25.00
 Items must be new
If you have merchandise or an item that fits these guidelines, please fill out the attached
information slip and send it back to us in the self-addressed and stamped envelope or send us the
donation directly. Someone will be in touch with you to discuss your contribution!
Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please visit our website, for more
information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 303-589-6012 or email me at Kind Regards,
Paula Redig, Chairman of Advisory Board for Gala
Please return this form to Paula Redig
Name: ____________________________________________
Phone#/Email: ______________________________________

Faces of Hunger – first annual fundraiser November 10 – Need corporate and individual sponsors

JeffCo Eats – Fundraiser Dinner – Sponsorship Levels – Final (1)   


Sponsorship Levels
Hampton Inn
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Program begins at 6:30 pm
137 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228
Whether you are a current sponsor or wish to become one,
please join JeffCo Eats in the support of eliminating childhood
hunger in Jefferson County. Sponsorship Levels to choose from:
Harvest Love – $5,000 – Presenting Sponsor
Grow Laughter – $2,500 Plant Smiles – $1500
Organic Growth- $750 Sowing Seeds – $500
Ticket of Hope – $75.00 per person
Reserved table(s) for 10-12 people
Full page ad in program
Special recognition as the Presenting
Sponsor which includes logo on all
event materials, including social media
1 Reserved table for 8
Full page ad in program
Logo on all event materials and on
social media
1 Reserved table for 8
1/2 page ad in program
Logo on all event materials
and on social media
1 Reserved table for 6
1/4 page ad in program
Logo on all event materials and
on social media
1 Reserved table for 4
1/4 page ad in program
Name on all event materials
which includes a handcrafted ceramic bowl

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