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Jul 26, 2008 03:51 PM

I left food in the trunk of my car for about 6 hours

Would it still be ok to eat? I forgot I bought some food at target until I unpacked my very hot bags. It was canned salsa, applesauce, baby food, and tuna. I'm most concerned about the baby food. Thanks.

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  1. Usually you can tell if something has gone wrong with canned or jarred food if the lid bulges or the seal releases.

    1. As long as everything was in cans or jars and not meant to be refrigerated before opening it should be fine.

      1. A much better outcome than leaving the canned goods in the careful...twice...every time.

        1. They are probably doing better than the pound of Callebaut chocolate that I left in my suitcase in my trunk all day. I now have fondue. Except my husband refuses to dip his strawberries in my dirty socks.

          1. Sometimes it helps to just think of how that food got to the store. Non -prerishables
            usually ride in a trailer that gets as hot if not hotter than your car, and probably sits in there longer than a few hours. Good rule of thumb though is "any swelling at all" do not use.
            By the way you have never smelled anthing so foul as a can of pet food that has exploded due to swelling beyond the cans limits!!!

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            1. re: Hue

              Actually, many trailers are temp. controlled.

                1. re: Hue

                  You will see a white box mounted on the front of the trailers that have carry refrigerated/frozen food. The walls are obviously insulated and they can keep food from 35° to below zero.

                  1. re: Kelli2006

                    Sorry, I wasn't clear! I am aware of reefers and frozen trucks!
                    What I was refering to were the normal shelf staple products that are shipped using non climate controlled enviornments. If you have ever had to unload one they can get pretty warm!

                    1. re: Hue

                      Yep, I worked for Purity Wholesale Grocers for a few years. The only part of the warehouse that was kept cool was a small room for candy bars and other chocolates and the offices. The rest got really, really hot in summer with only rooftop fans for ventilation. A lot of loads went out on plain trailers with no refrigeration. We stopped shipping chocolate that way because it would melt but canned goods, jarred goods, health and beauty items, etc. were all shipped without refrigeration. One thing that really surprised me was the yeast we stored and shipped at higher temperatures. That's something I always keep in the refrigerator until I need it.

                    2. re: Kelli2006

                      Im a truck driver and i run frozen. No the temps are usually 0 degrees farenheit or -10. For produce the reefer is run at a constant temp depending on what it is ,probably the same temp as a fridge. Like they said not everything is kept cool, the white box is called a reefer, usually thermoking or Carrier