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Is it safe to eat food from dented cans?


Avoid canned foods that are swollen or bulging, leaking, rusted or are dented at the seam or rim. Do not use cans with sharp dents. Products in cans that are only slightly dented can be consumed as long as there are no leaks and the product appears wholesome.

Severe denting or denting at the seam or rim may allow air into the can, potentially exposing the contents to bacteria and other pathogens, thus posing a food safety hazard.

Under the Canadian Food and Drugs Act and Regulations, Section B.27.002., no person shall sell a low-acid food packaged in a hermetically sealed container unless the food is commercially sterile.