Health Tip: Using Frozen and Canned Foods

(HealthDay News) -- For families on the go, frozen and canned goods can be a lifesaver. But they're no excuse to ignore food safety rules.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice:

  • Don't buy or use any cans with dents, bulges or leaks.

  • Store all canned produce in areas that are cool and dry. Avoid storing these goods in damp places, such as near the stove or sink, garage or basement.

  • For acidic foods such as tomatoes, store only up to 18 months. For non-acidic foods such as meats and vegetables, two to five years.

  • Wash cans before you open them to avoid contaminating the contents.

  • At the store, select frozen foods from the back of the freezer where they're often kept colder.

  • Tightly wrap all frozen foods and date them; make sure they are stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

  • Never refreeze foods that have been thawed.

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