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FRENCH ONION SOUP, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR PACKAGED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED — UNOPENED

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3-5 years (best quality)

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  • How long does an unopened can of French onion soup last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize shelf life, store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does an unopened can of French onion soup last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of French onion soup will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
  • Is unopened French onion soup safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged French onion soup will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the French onion soup will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the French onion soup's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • How can you tell if French onion soup is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the French onion soup: if the French onion soup develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all French onion soup from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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