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How long after the expiration date can canned split pea soup be eaten? The expiration date is 12/13/14.

Hi Pamela,

The date on canned food is a guideline to help both the grocery store and the consumer to rotate their stock and to use food within it's best quality.  The date is not a safety date and the food is considered safe as long as the can looks the same as when it was purchased.

Please note though, that canned goods do not get better with age.  You may notice quality deterioration in the soup but as long as the can is not compromised, it is safe to consume.


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