11 December 2018
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Canned food shelf life

Despite the fact that canned food stuff have long shelf lives, food safety rules still apply to them.

Once canned food has been opened
The quality and safety of canned foods will begin to decrease once the tin has been opened. Always follow the storage instructions that are on the label, and remember that most canned or jarred foods will need to be refrigerated once they have been opened. Don't store opened tins of food in the fridge, instead for foods that need to go into the fridge transfer the contents to a suitable air-tight plastic or glass container instead.


Where to store canned foods

  • Try to store them in a cool and dry place.


Do not use canned foods that are;

  • Bulging 
  • Dented
  • Leaking
  • Rusted


Do not store canned foods near;

  • Cookers
  • Pipes
  • Stoves


Do not store canned foods in:

  • Direct sunlight


Rusty cans
Rust can cause leaks and food spoilage, its therefore important that you try to keep cans dry and stop the metal lids from rusting. 


Related links
Food hygiene course online


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