How long can food supplies be stored?

To judge how long you can store food supplies, look for an "expiration date" or "best if used by" date on the product. If you can not find a date on the product, then the general recommendation is to store food products for six months and then replace them.

Some households find it helpful to pull food products for their regular meals from their disaster supplies kit and replace them immediately on an ongoing basis, so the food supplies are always fresh.

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1. How long can food supplies be stored?
2. What kinds of food supplies are recommended to store in case of a disaster?
3. What is the basis for the Monroe County Chapter of the Red Cross recommendation to store supplies to last several days to a week?