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Can I refrigerate canned food?

The answer is – YES you CAN!

According to the United States Department of Agriculture it is okay!

Unused portions of canned food may be refrigerated in the can, but to preserve optimum quality and flavor, place the unused portion in a glass or plastic storage container.

Click here to visit the USDA website for more canned food safety information.

4 Responses to “Can I refrigerate canned food?”

  1. Brandon William McCann August 22, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    I don’t know because twice now at work we have i believe maumee valley vending company, MVVC, it was dole tropical fruit, i believe, canned unopened absolutely rust free, well before date on can, and in the refrigerator. Twice in a row now I have eaten this and an hour or so later vomited then fine shortly after. So I’m not sure, I have to problems with acid nor stomach problems….and it was the fruit andyellow stomach acid… Any idea?

  2. Jay November 3, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Poorly written article. You write “according to Britain’s Food Standards Agency” and then “according to the USDA” but I don’t see any citations.

    If you didn’t put any citations, then this article is a sham

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