Civil Defense All Purpose Survival Crackers


From The History Guy.

There was a time when the U.S. government planned to save the population from nuclear war with 20 billion crackers. The giant tins of "Civil Defense All Purpose Survival Crackers" raise questions about food, history, and how long food lasts before it becomes history. The History Guy recalls the history of a famous item on his set.

Eating 153 year old hardtack:

Eating forty year old pound cake:

Eating all purpose survival crackers:

USDA page "Before you Toss Food, Wait! Check it Out!’ll%20know%20when%20you,refer%20to%20quality%2C%20not%20safety.&text=Before%20you%20throw%20out%20food,It%20may%20be%20just%20fine!

This is original content based on research by The History Guy. Images in the Public Domain are carefully selected and provide illustration. As very few images of the actual event are available in the Public Domain, images of similar objects and events are used for illustration.

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