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Can you eat refrigerated pasteurized canned crab meat after its expiration date?

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2010-03-27 04:46:10
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Answer:The expiration date is a recommendation by the manufacturer of when you should use the item for best quality and taste. "Pasteurization" only means that the pathogenic bacteria have been reduced to safe levels. It does not mean that the crab meat is commercially sterile. Since bacteria will still be present, pasteurized crab meat will be very sensitive to time and temperature fluctuations, so it could start to spoil even before the expiration date.

Whether or not to use it will be completely up to you. There will be no guarantees on the product after the expiration date.

Answer:No. It is not safe to eat anything that has passed its 'best by date' or 'sell by date' ~ these are warnings for us so that we don't get sick with food poisoning. Some people may get away with this every once in a while, but it is NOT worth the risk as food poisoning is absolutely the pits. So please stick to the dates for your own health and throw it away. Rather be safe then sorry!
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If its the day of the expiration date yes but not after.


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