I decided to eat some of my backup foods and I was taken by surprise. I opened a can of Chili. It was terrible. Not bad, just bad tasting. I ate a tablespoon and waited for the outcome! It was just bad tasting. I tried to read the date code on the cans and it was just that: in code! I went online, found the company. I called them back in Tennessee, and they returned my call. Where did I buy the products? In Phoenix. When? Last month on the 4th. Their code says they went out of date in 2008! Now that does NOT mean they were bad as in: botulism or ptomaine or anything else. The cans were clean, no rust, no swelling, and were kept in a cool dark area. BUT they were JUST bought a month ago! I have just completed an inventory...I have to discard over $2900-$3600 in canned foods that were bought all last year......All were SOLD, "OUTDATED". I know here every one came from...however, the store has changed owners 4 times in the past 2 years! ( Dollar General) I hate people! No, really, I hate them! Because they don't care and they have NO conscience anymore at all! It's all about GREED. So the moral of this here story is simple: IF you cannot read the "use by dates" then don't by the stuff! ( inform the store managers that you won't buy from them UNLESS there is a legible date code on their products!) have your friends and family do the same, and repeat as needed! When they can't make sales they'll either go out of business, or file complaints with their suppliers! Or, suffer the losses, as I am now.... I can't afford to replace that much food now. I can ONLY think of one 4 letter word to describe how feel right now.... CRUD! Hah! Gotcha! I KNOW what you were thinking!