Canned food labels have tendency to peel off over time, especially if they are kept for years in your basement.
In order to prevent this, put a coat of shellac over the label as soon as you get them. This way, you will always know what's in the can years later.
Also, use permanent marker to identify the can contents in case you have a (clean) water leak that washes the labels off your normally stored food (also used in an emergency).
You could use the code "P" to denote purchase date for food rotation purposes
[such a P 1-14-09].
You can use the code "X" for the manufacturer expiration date [such as X 5-10-12]
Simple - easy to understand and easy to see if you lose your glasses.
ICE4SAFETY has stressed labeling tips to help you recognize equipment and items that in an emergency may be overlooked or that because of your heightened state of anxiety may fail to recognize. In any event you may not be able to see the expiration dates on small cans of food because the print is so small.
If you or your organization has a unique and helpful safety tip such as this, you are welcome to submit them to ICE4SAFETY and we will post them with you. We will also make a Tool Box Safety Discussion for others to use as well.