Welcome to Burning Questions, The Takeout’s video series in which we answer all your culinary quandaries and ponderings.

“Non-perishable food items” sounds like a pretty straightforward category, until you consider the packaging of those allegedly indestructible provisions. Canned goods, as we’ve learned, are usually safe to eat indefinitely—but plastic water bottles don’t look nearly as sturdy in comparison. How long can bottled water last, and does it ever go bad? We consulted expert sources to find out. For the full investigation, head here.

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bigangrynate

Yes, yes it does. I worked for Coke for a year in 2016. A vendor returned some 2012 Olympics Dasani. Still sealed in the Dasani shrink-wrap. However, the water was a dingy color and smelled like goldfish had been swimming. Because I’m a glutton for punishment, it tasted like it, too. 

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