Dented tins of food, would you buy them?

France
April 21, 2007 6:58am CST
Often in the supermarket you'll see a corner with all the dented tins reduced in price. I have no problem buying these if its not too badly dented, but if its badly crushed I worry a bit about whether it will keep or still be edible. What do you do?
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12 responses
• United States
21 Apr 07
I shop at a local discount store and buy dented cans all the time. I check out if the dent is on the seam of the can. If so I pass it up. Bloated cans are not a good thing to buy either.
• France
21 Apr 07
Thats my thinking, if its just a small 'ding' then its unlikely to have done any harm and w ealways eat the food within a few days anyway, but major crumples are a no-no.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
I have seen people buying the worst looking cans and they ask why I pass them up. Are these people really thinking?
@kupalka (75)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
simply no!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I tend to not buy the dented cans - but certainly would pass up anything that is bulging at the top or sides. to be safe whatever it is you are preparing from a dented can, always make sure to boil it for at least 10 minutes. This will kill off any botulism spores.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
23 Apr 07
I don't have any problem buying dented food tins at the market. As long as it doesn't look as though it has split or burst anywhere, I think they are ok. I remember when I was little my grandpa used to bring home tins without labels, as he got some price reduction on them and we would have our 'mystery meals'. He was such a skinflint! I had forgotten all about that!
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
22 Apr 07
I absolutely refuse to buy and use dented tins. All it takes is a bit of air getting in the tin and the food could be tainted without you knowing. I suffered bad food poisioning once and I will never live long enough to forget that. No it wasn't because of a dented can. You really don't safe anything if you wind up sick, but that's just my opinion. Take care
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I have taken too many food handler and Restaurant management classes to ever purchase a dented can. There is just too big a chance that it will be spoiled or have other major problems. Food in dented cans just has too great a chance to make you sick or even to kill you.
@mlgb_24 (638)
21 Apr 07
i don't normally buy them if they're dented for some reason. it's not appealling to me at all.
• Malaysia
21 Apr 07
I don't buy them. I am afraid of bacteria etc.
@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
21 Apr 07
NO a small dent can let in air. The food could be bad, and it really isn't worth getting sick by saving a few cents.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
21 Apr 07
My mother always told me to avoid dented tins as there could be bacteria or particles from the tin itself floating inside. I don't know if it's really true, but I've noticed that I still try to avoid tins with any dents in them and am annoyed when I accidentally do buy one. In the country I now live they don't even sell these tins reduced in price, they just try to hide the dented sides like a bunch of crooks.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
Personally I think it will not buy the cans with dents on them, may be it is fine if there are dents, they may just be damaged or dropped onto the ground and are still safe to eat, but we should never buy thsoe with bulges because it means there are bacteria inside, consuming the food inside the cans may lead to food poisonning .
21 Apr 07
I do not buy any dented cans. The stuff may be edible, but it may not be good for you. Don't buy it if there is any rust on it. Bacteria can get in. Botulism (?) can be deadly. To be on the safe side I stay away from them.