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Examine Your Canned Food

Canned food lines the pantries of many homes. It is important to look for signs of possible spoilage before consuming the contents of a can of any kind of food. Canned food does remain edible for a long time, but it does not have an indefinite shelf life. There are specific signs a consumer should be sensitive to when evaluating the safety of canned food.

Ingesting food that has been improperly prepared, packaged or labeled can have serious consequences. If you become ill due to the consumption of improperly packaged food, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation. Contact the Rhinelander toxic food lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal rights.

Signs of Spoilage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers some useful descriptors of the appearance of a can that might help you determine whether an item is safe for you to eat. Two major causes of spoiled canned goods are leaking and under-processed contents.

Leaks are not always visible because “microleaking” can occur in the seals of a can, hidden from view. To avoid eating unsafe foods, a consumer should look for the following signs, according to the FDA:

  • A flat can — both ends are concave and remain concave even if tapped on a flat surface
  • A flipper can — one that normally appears flat but if tapped, one end will flip out
  • A springer can — one that has one end permanently bulged
  • A soft swell — both ends of the can are bulged, but can be pushed back flat
  • A hard swell — both ends of the can are bulged and can not easily be flattened

These characteristics are indicative of a can the contents of which are unsafe.

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If you believe that spoilage due to improperly packaged food was a contributing factor to your illness, you may have grounds for a legal action. Contact the Rhinelander defective food container lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.