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Looking for expiration dates on canned goods.

The Canned Food Alliance has a website – – that explains how to read the codes on the can that indicate the expiration date, as well as guidelines for the shelf life of canned foods.  The information can be found under Nutrition and Health – Frequently Asked Questions.  Additional information can also be found at that site by entering ‘canned food expiration date’ in the ‘Search’ box.  Also be sure to check out information on Fruits & Veggies—More Matters for helpful tips and suggestions for using canned fruits and vegetables.


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  1. I have 2 cans of crushed pineapple. the date on the back is 40206k. There are the letters crj before the numbers. The country is Thailand. Are these 2 cans expired? Thank You Marguerite

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