Introduction  
  What is food?  
  What happens to the food we eat?  
Our nutrient needs  
  Energy balance  
  Nutritional status  
  Laws & labels  
  Additives & colours  
  Toxicity in food  
  Processing food  
  Stability of food nutrients  
  Storage life of foods
  Food- associated health problems  

- Storage Life of Foods -

Canned foods

The storage lives for the canned foods listed in Figure 34 are for cool, dry conditions.

Some canned hams and imported fish must be refrigerated during storage. Always read labels to see if any special storage conditions are needed. Longer storage times result in a gradual decrease in quality and nutrients, but the foods are still quite safe to eat.

Do not open any cans that are swollen or leaking as this indicates faulty processing; and do not buy cans that are dented or rusted.

Once opened, if the contents are not eaten, they should be covered and stored in a refrigerator. Some acid and salty foods such as fruit juices, tomatoes and rhubarb should be removed from the can before refrigerating.

Food Facts
- Storage life of foods
- Frozen foods
Canned foods
- Home storage of food
Figures:
33: Expected storage life for some frozen foods
34: Expected storage life for some canned foods
35: Home storage life for some ripe fruits
36: Home storage life for some ripe vegetables
37: Home storage life for some other foods
     
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