Who in their right mind would eat a 40-year-old can of corn?
In 1974, scientists tested a can of corn that was dated from 1934… 40 years earlier. NPR reported that when they opened the can, “The contents looked and smelled pretty much like ordinary canned corn.” The nutrient level was generally unchanged.
Researchers found similar results for 100-year-old “canned oysters, tomatoes, and red peppers in cans recovered from a sunken steamboat, buried in river silt near Omaha, Nebraska.”
Canned foods often stay good for decades… well past the expiration date stamped on the can.
Every year, Americans throw away hundreds of thousands of tons of food based on their printed “sell by” date.
As much as 40% of the U.S. food supply is ultimately wasted… A recent report from ReFED, a nonprofit aimed at reducing food waste, showed that a better date-labeling system could save nearly 400,000 tons of