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

Aimee Jul 26, 2008 03:51 PM

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. WCchopper RE: Aimee Jul 26, 2008 03:58 PM

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

    1. scubadoo97 RE: Aimee Jul 26, 2008 04:02 PM

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

      1. Veggo RE: Aimee Jul 26, 2008 04:09 PM

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

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          Cachetes RE: Aimee Jul 26, 2008 04:20 PM

          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.

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            Hue RE: Aimee Jul 26, 2008 04:33 PM

            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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              ipsedixit RE: Hue Jul 26, 2008 11:05 PM

              Actually, many trailers are temp. controlled.

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                Hue RE: ipsedixit Jul 27, 2008 06:48 AM

                Temp controlled how?

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                  Kelli2006 RE: Hue Jul 27, 2008 08:48 AM

                  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.

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                    Hue RE: Kelli2006 Jul 27, 2008 10:38 AM

                    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!

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                      alliedawn_98 RE: Hue Jul 29, 2008 01:29 PM

                      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.

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              mpalmer6c RE: Aimee Jul 26, 2008 08:22 PM

              I'm sorry, but I don't think you should be asking non-experts about suspect baby food.

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                scubadoo97 RE: mpalmer6c Jul 27, 2008 02:14 PM

                There is no doubt that the baby food was pasteurized and unless the seal was violated a few hours in the car will not lead to spoilage. Can and jarred foods have an increadible shelf life. Why? Because they have been pasteurized to kill off any harmful bacteria and fungus.

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                smartie RE: Aimee Jul 27, 2008 07:11 AM

                personally I would throw it out. You can never be too careful especially with baby food.

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                  brendastarlet RE: smartie Jul 27, 2008 07:34 AM

                  If you have any questions, throw it out, especially baby food.

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                    mlgb RE: brendastarlet Jul 28, 2008 06:59 PM

                    Ummm, aren't canned and jarred foods processed in very high heat? Unless the jar's seal is broken I can't imagine that there is any issue with any of these things.

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                      JaneRI RE: mlgb Jul 29, 2008 07:56 AM

                      Of course the canned/jarred stuff is fine. I can't believe so many here are questioning it.

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                        alkapal RE: JaneRI Jul 30, 2008 03:55 PM

                        ditto, jane!

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                  saacnmama RE: Aimee Jul 27, 2008 08:59 AM

                  I routinely ask to have my cold things bagged in plastic, the rest in paper. (Environmentally they're equivalent anyway)
                  When we get home, I stash the cold things in the fridge (still in bags if necessary). I get the rest when I have time.
                  Reason for this odd behavior? We generally go grocery shopping at the end of the day, around the infamous "witching hour" and I frequently have a preschooler meltdown to deal with when we get home.
                  I've never noticed any harm done by the stuff sitting in the car/trunk.

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                    lagatta RE: saacnmama Jul 27, 2008 04:25 PM

                    I personally would not be remotely concerned about any of those foodstuffs - even the baby food - in many countries grocery stores aren't as refrigerated. But of course you are the mum, so it is normal that you would worry. No worry whatsoever about any of that other stuff. At first I thought you were thinking about "borderline" foods, such as cheese, yoghourt (which is already cultured and that began precisely to keep it in hot climates) etc. And I'm sure you would toss fresh meats or dairy milk.

                    saacnmama, do remember your reuseable bags!

                  2. Kajikit RE: Aimee Jul 28, 2008 05:59 PM

                    Canned and non-perishable factory-sealed stuff should be fine... it's sterilised during the canning/packaging process and it doesn't require refrigeration until it's opened.

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