Food banks receive donations from generous people, but oftentimes they get an outdated can in the mix.
In some cases, a recently expired can is still edible, but what about a product that is years beyond the expiration?
Watch the video to see what a can of sweet corn, with a best used by date of August 1982, looks like when it’s opened by an employee of a food bank in Cardiff where the item was donated.
She runs a can opener along the top, which appears to be free of any dents or rust, and it makes a fresh pop as it’s cut into. Once open, you might be surprised to find that the corn looks every bit as fresh as a can that has not expired.
By all appearances, it’s fresh and bright in color, but does it pass the sniff test? While the woman smells it and doesn’t say it smells like it’s gone bad, she does note that it has a very strong metallic odor. Based on the long overdue date and the tin smell, she says it’s not okay for consumption. Needless to say, the vegetable doesn’t undergo a taste test, but if her reaction to the smell is any indication, it’s not going to taste very good.
Others noted that another item in the lineup of donated products was a Heinz kidney soup, which is a flavor that’s no longer made. The can is believed to be at least 46-years-old!
Helen Bull, the trust’s partnership and fundraising manager, explained the reason why they sometimes get older donations, noting: “Especially at harvest time people empty their cupboards of food they no longer need. It’s out of a generous heart but I just think they don’t think and don’t necessarily look at the dates.”
Of the Heinz can, she noted, “It would be great if anybody wants to give us lots of money for it. It should probably be in a museum.” The outdated can of soup even caught Heinz’s attention, as the company tweeted: “Wow! That soup was discontinued over 35 years ago. Should be in a museum rather than a food bank!”
As for what they do when they receive out-of-date food items, Helen explained: “Sometimes we do end up throwing quite a lot of food out. We get an awful lot of out-of-date food.”
These vintage cans, however, she said they will keep, saying, “It might remind people to give us in-date food.”
One commenter on The Mirror’s coverage of the story noted that they would likely have given the food a taste, saying: “I would of tasted it. I reckon it would be fine…we in the UK eat with our eyes not our mouths/taste buds. Well not me. Stilton anyone!”
Another noted: “I don’t look at dates. They said they found some corned beef from the Napoleonic wars which was still edible. That’s good enough for me. If it smells and looks OK?”
One commenter further noted that they’re “not that fussy,” explaining, “My mum gave us ketchup which was suspiciously dark (although we still ate it) – it was 15 years old. We also found a tin of condensed milk that was 20 something years old and tried it — looked dodgy, tasted fine! Mind you I love condensed milk so maybe I’m just not that fussy.”