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Is it safe to consume expired canned food items?

Friday, 15 July 2005
Answered by: Dr. Arunima Saha
Lifestyle Counsellor,
Apollo Gleneagles Hospital,
Kolkata
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Q. My neighbours eat expired canned food items like tuna, fruit cocktails etc. Is it safe for one's health?

A.  Tinned food is safe for ingestion till the date of expiry,not any day beyond due to growth and multiplication of harmful bacteria which may damage the gastrointestinal system and even result in extreme food poisoning requiring immediate medical attention. Your neighbours must discontinue use of expired canned products and also not take the same if the can is damaged or swollen which conforms damage to quality of food inside even though it may be within expiry date.

A.  Tinned food is safe for ingestion till the date of expiry,not any day beyond due to growth and multiplication of harmful bacteria which may damage the gastrointestinal system and even result in extreme food poisoning requiring immediate medical attention. Your neighbours must discontinue use of expired canned products and also not take the same if the can is damaged or swollen which conforms damage to quality of food inside even though it may be within expiry date.

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