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Food safety: Preventing food-borne diseases

  • Commercially canned food should be discarded if there is bulging or if it is open.
  • Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the labels and then disinfect the cans in a bleach solution. Use 1/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water; re-label the cans including expiration date and type of food.
  • Infants should be fed only pre-mixed canned baby formula.
  • Frozen and refrigerated foods can also be unsafe. Thawed and refrigerated foods should be thrown out after four hours.