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« on: November 01, 2011, 07:30:29 PM »

I have a few Tiki Cat cans of food that are dented.  I have a variety of dents.  Some are extremely dented, and I am going to try and send them back with my next order.
However, I have a few I am not certain warrent being sent back, and which I could perhaps use.  Can anyone give me some advice about how dented is too dented and might be dangerous for the cats to eat.  I can't really trust the smell test.  Some things like botulism you cannot always smell if it is in the beginning stages.

The cans I am wondering about are dented in the side slightly.  The dent does NOT go all the way up to where the top joins the side.  That is, it doesn't seem to be near the SEAM.

I have a couple others that are dented on the side bottom in one place, like it was wacked on the corner.  The dent is no where near a seam, there is NO SEAM on the bottom at all and the rest of the can looks fine.  I am thinking this kind of dent should be ok.
So it is primarily the dents in the side I am concerned about.  The top is fine, and as I say the seam on top doesn't seem compromised.  The dents stop near, but not quite up to the seam.  I looked online for pictures of different types of dents, but couldn't find any.

Thanks  when buying cases of food, there always seem to be a few cans that are dented.
My tiki Cat food comes from too far away for me to drive to the store.  I asked the store, but must admit I am not sure I trust what they say.
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011, 08:16:23 PM »

JustMe had posted a janet&binkey's link back in 2008, but its not still available. Personally I don't use anything with a deep dent anywhere. Or if the dent is near the lid or a seam. If they aren't too bad & all seals look ok, they are probably safe, but I worry about the seals on the poptop cans more.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2011, 04:16:31 AM »

Looks like they changed the link. This should work

http://www.foodlinkny.org/pdfs/Can_Safety_Handout.pdf

I also attached it here as a PDF.

* Can_Safety_Handout.pdf (492.13 KB - downloaded 194 times.)
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2011, 03:55:20 PM »

Thank you so much Just me, that link worked!  Have a good evening.
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