A leaking or swollen can might be indicative of bacteria being present, he says.
Seavolt says the federal government generally doesn't require product dating for food items, except for infant formula and some baby foods.
To keep or to toss
Ryan Seavolt, Food Program supervisor in Washington County Health Department's Environmental Health Division, offers some tips on whether to toss or keep certain food items:
· Infant formula: Stores are usually good about pulling any infant formula past its use-by date, and people at home should throw away any formula past that date. The use-by date relates to the formula's quality, consistency and nutrient content that can go downhill and clog a bottle nipple.