According to Capital Area Food Bank, an estimated 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten. Much of this food waste is due to confusion over food code dating. Food dates are voluntarily printed on food packing by manufacturers to indicate optimal quality and freshness, and are neither required nor regulated by the federal government. As a result, most shelf-stable food items are safe to eat for at least one year after the printed date.
Please see the information below, provided courtesy of Capital Area Food Bank (https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/), to learn more.