Last week I had a good clear out of the cupboards and managed to find stuff that was out of date in the 80's let alone in this decade. A fair bit of stuff was only a year or so out of date though, and I have been using it up in various recipes with no apparent problems. It smells ok. It tastes ok. It looks ok. The girlfriend who unwittingly became the primary food taster is still up and about. Tonight in question I used up a Uncle Bens Cantoneese sauce with some chunky bits in it to give some kick to a cottage pie I was making.....consume date was 2 years ago. ( The food tasted as good as normal ) Now, I understand that shellfish and fish even in tins is a bit iffy....but what about the rest of the stuff?...is it just a big bloody con to get us to buy more?