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Is tomato soup and tomato sauce safe to eat if they squirt out of the can when they are opened?

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Usually when a can of tomatoes squirts as it is opened, we are unsure of the safety.  It could be due to a dent in the can which compromises the pressure inside the can.  It could also be due to a bacteria or mold growth which has caused the contents to expand.  When this happens, we typically recommend that you toss it rather than eating it.
 

Posted on 5 May 2009

Jana Darrington
Family & Consumer Science Agent

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