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Can I Use it Expired Formula and Baby Rice Cereal and Food

Updated on August 29, 2012

Expired Baby Food

I am a Mom of five children, two of whom are twins that are 9 months old. Through having five babies at various time in my life, I've had many occasions where I've had expired formula or baby food. I've wondered "Is it OK to use it." Supposedly canned food is OK past it's expiration date. Even some dry goods and jarred foods are OK to eat past the expiration dates. So I contacted Gerber and asked them. I was told that baby food is still good past the expiration date, but it loses it's nutritional value if given to your baby past the expiration. To me, that was a no because the whole point of giving them jarred baby food is to get the nutrition of the fruit or vegetables.

Is Expired Baby Formula OK to Give to my Baby

When I asked Gerber if expired baby formula or rice cereal was OK to give to a baby past the expiration date they said, "No." Because formula/milk is the foundation of a baby's diet, you don't want to minimize any chance of the key vitamins and minerals a baby needs for proper development.

Gerber did say rice cereal was OK to be used after the expiration date, but I told the same thing as the jarred food. "It loses it's nutritional value after the expiration date." I've bought rice cereal that was close to being expired, the difference of a couple months and it didn't even smell good. After I mixed it with liquid it smelt even worse. I threw it out.


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      4 years ago

      It doesn't LOSE ITS NUTRITIONAL VALUE, it BEGINS to lose SOME of its nutritional value. So maybe instead of 5 g of protein per serving, it's down to 4 now. Still perfectly acceptable, as long as you take that into account. I don't know about you, but I never "counted nutrients" when feeding my babies. They ate maybe one baby food (plus mother's milk) for a week or two, then I might have tried another. So what if there were only 22 g of carbs instead of 23 in the jar now? If it smells and tastes good, it's still nutritious. Just not exactly what's on the label anymore. After a few years, it might not have much. It will still have carbs. Fats will get rancid; you can smell that in a heartbeat when you open it though. Taste it. Smell it. If it's nasty, toss it. If not, be confident.

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      5 years ago from Italy

      A year past the expiration date is what I was told, but you can always call the customer service and ask them what they recommend.

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      5 years ago from Italy

      Yes, it should be fine to use. If in doubt you can always call the customer service number on the box.

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      Cassie Blevins 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Grove, Al

      I was asking that question today about the cereal. Someone said a year and another said 6 months. What is right???

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      vivian charles 

      5 years ago

      I have boxes of rice and oatmeal cereal that has July 2012 as the expiration date is it still good to be used ,I'm alittle worried cos its a lot and it gonna last till next year ,is it ok to keep pls.

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      6 years ago from Italy

      Yes, it should be Brenda. I had a similar situation myself and I called the baby food company and asked and I was told, "yes."

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      6 years ago

      Brenda Ferrell I was given 480 jars of baby food for my grand son it expired in July is it ok to use it

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      chandra randall 

      6 years ago

      They gave me expired soy formula at the public aide office and told me it was ok up until six months after it expires !! Also my baby can not have soy !! So i barrowed some money from family and got her some that was NOT expired !! Hopefully they will get my benefits straightened out before i run out again !! She said its better then sugar water !! Ya i bet she wouldn't feed it to her baby !!

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      7 years ago from Italy

      I agree with you 100% ! I was trying to give objective advice by telling what one of the companies said. I would definitely throw anything away that's expired, especially when it comes to the health of our babies !

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Oh I'm glad you threw out the foul smelling food. The USDA also recommends NOT using expired baby food or formula. You can read about the different meanings of all the codes on food on my hub:

      Thanks for sharing!


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