I was wondering if there are any open sources/databases for which I can find standard food lifespans/expirations? This would possibly include shelf life estimations for raw/uncooked, refrigerated, cooked, or frozen food.

I've tried looking through the USDA and Open Food Facts but couldn't find any expiration-related data.

If anyone has any suggestions of where I can find this information (or if they know of a collection of sites that offer this info that I can scrape from) I'd love to hear it. If I end up needing to scrape the data from somewhere I'd be happy to release it back to the community.

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I found a link to the Food Bank of Alabama, which has a 26 page PDF with a table of food expiration dates (pdf link). Here is another similar PDF, but even less machine readable. And here is yet another one (PDF).

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It's not too machine readable, but you may be able to copy individual pages and paste them into a spreadsheet tool.

If this data source is useful for you, I can also help get it to be machine readable using a tool like pdftotext.


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