is baby food really bad after the expiration date if its never been opened?

Barbara - posted on 11/14/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have A LOT of Gerber stage 1-3 foods that my son never ate and never opened. they are individually sealed with plastic in plastic containers. they have been stored in a cool, dark, dry cupboard. i also have some in the glass jars. my daughter is going to be ready to try solids next month so i started looking at the food i saved and some of the expired months ago! its feels a shame to waste all that food/money if they are still ok to eat. anyone else had this issue before? should i just throw all the old ones away?

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Mary - posted on 10/06/2012

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My sister's baby is now 10 months old and she gave me her baby food and cereal. The dr told us that as long as it is sealed and doesnt have an odor when you open it, that it is ok. He said that baby food and cereal is good at least a year after expiration date.

Barb - posted on 11/14/2011

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Do you really want to chance it?

Pitch it, consider it wasted, a lesson learned and buy what your daughter deserves, fresh.

Christy - posted on 11/14/2011

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YES! They do go bad after expiration date. They do not seal baby food with the preservatives they do for "non perishable" or "canned goods."

Elfrieda - posted on 11/14/2011

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I'd probably risk it if it was for myself, but babies are another story. Food poisoning is not great for adults, but you know that after a night puking your guts out you'll be alright. But with a little 6-month-old, I really wouldn't chance it. She's so fragile still.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/14/2011

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Toss it out. I don't even eat food leftovers that have been in the fridge more than 2 days. I am not going to give my children expired food.

Here is a thought, go ahead and eat a couple of baby jars yourself. If you don't get sick, still throw them out.

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Bonnie - posted on 11/15/2011

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I would throw them out, they don't cost that much and even if they did, I wouldn't want to take the chance.

Jane - posted on 11/14/2011

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Do you really want to take that risk? Throw it out and get fresh food. Your baby's health is more important than saving a little bit of money.

September - posted on 11/14/2011

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I would throw it out and start with fresh food. You could even make your own.

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