Deveri - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
A lady at work recently gave me several cans and samples of formula. Since we have to supplement a little formula while baby is away from me I was happy to except the generous gift. When she was giving them to me she said that her Dr. told her that the samples that expired in November of 2008 should be good for longer than that because “they just have to put a year use-by-date on them because they are samples”…. Some of the cans she gave me expire in June and August of 2009 and may not get used by then. The USDA says that they put that date on the cans because the nutritional value starts breaking down after that date. I have heard that certain things like vitamins, medications and formula have such short use-by periods because they just want you to go out and buy more… and that the nutritional value really doesn’t break down that fast. I am really weary about all the samples that are 5 months old now, but I wonder about the other cans… do you think it would be ok to go a month or two past the Use-By date??