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Storing canned food

Jan Rasmussen

There are limits to how long food quality can be preserved. Why? Several factors limit the shelf-life of canned foods.

To store canned food wisely, follow these guidelines:

Never use foods from containers with these spoilage warning signs:

For more information, call AnswerLine at 800-854-1678.


Food Storage Guide. 2012. North Dakota State University.

Shelf life of food bank products. 2012. Greater Pittsburgh Community Bank.

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Revised by Suzanne Driessen 2017

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