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So, tonight, I dug all the way to the back of the pantry, and here's what I found:
* Some weird box labelled "Taco Bell Soft and Hard Shell Meal", which despite the cardboard flaps still being sealed, had clear packing tape perpendicularly taped over the cardboard flaps on the top. As I opened it, I found soft and hard taco shells, a bag of preserved meats and vegetables, and one Kool-Aid packet. I'll probably save this for later when I'm hungry.
* An old, unopened (before I found it a few minutes ago) bag of Jack Link's beef jerky, not expired yet (according to the date, anyway), but it sure tastes like it. I think I might throw this one out.
* A VERY old bag of pepperoni slices that were way in the back that had become moldy. I threw it out.
* Two bottles of Grey Poupon mustard, my favorite kind! One of them is almost empty and the remaining mustard is stuck to the bottom, I threw this one away. The other has never been opened before. They both expired three years ago.
*A broken-off piece of a graham-cracker. I threw it out, of course.
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Expiry dates are there for a reason, surely.
Yep - sales turnover and/or sub-par processing. A quick check of the kitchen cupboards turned up only 3 canned products with expiry dates and (unsurprisingly) they all bear the brand of a big multi-national. Local processors merely stamp their cans with a production batch code and leave it to our discretion to decide if the contents are fit for human consumption.