WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF DEL MONTE® CANNED PRODUCTS?
As a guideline, Del Monte® canned products have a shelf-life of about 2 to 3 years from the date of production. This assumes the can isn't dented or damaged, and the product is stored under normal conditions. After that time, the color, flavor and texture of the food may begin to deteriorate, although the contents would still be safe. We do recommend that any swollen or leaking containers be discarded, regardless of their age.
The majority of our canned products contain a 'Best By' date on the can. If you have a Del Monte® canned product without a "Best By" date, or you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF A DEL MONTE® PRODUCT AFTER IT IS OPENED?
After opening, canned foods should retain their original quality for at least 2 to 3 days when refrigerated and sealed in a plastic or glass container. Del Monte® Ketchup, Chili Sauce, Seafood Cocktail Sauce, Orchard Select® Products, and SunFresh® products will retain their quality for 1 to 2 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS ARE EITHER GLUTEN FREE OR NATURALLY GLUTEN FREE*
To the best of our knowledge, the following products do not contain wheat, oats, rye or barley/malt ingredients. It is always best to read the ingredient statement and all label claims for the most current information relating to Gluten. This list may not be complete due to formula changes and new product introductions.
Del Monte Branded Products
- Canned/Jarred Fruits
- Fruit Snack Cups (Metal and Plastic)
- Canned Vegetables
- Tomatoes & Tomato Products
- Fruit Chillers
College Inn Broth
- Garden Vegetable
- Organic Beef Broth
- White Wine & Herb Culinary Broth
- No MSG Light & Fat Free Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- All Crushed Tomatoes
- All Diced Tomatoes
- All Stewed Tomatoes
- Whole Tomatoes
- Tomato Puree
- Tomato Paste (except Italian Tomato Paste with Italian Seasonings; this product contains gluten)
- All Tomato Sauces
- All Pizza Sauces and Pizza Squeeze
- Sweet & Sour Sauce
S&W Fine Foods
- All Canned/Jarred Fruits
- All Canned Vegetables
- Pickled Beets
- All Tomatoes
* "Naturally Gluten Free" - Products made with ingredients that do not inherently contain gluten
"Gluten Free" - Products formulated with ingredients that have been verified as NOT containing any sources of gluten.
WHERE CAN I GET COUPONS FOR DEL MONTE® PRODUCTS?
To find out about Del Monte coupon offers, go to http://www.delmonte.com/sign-up and sign up to be notified about new coupons and promotions for our consumer products as they become available. Once you’ve registered, you can use the same email address and password to login to any Del Monte website.
In addition to our online offers, throughout the year we feature coupons and promotion offers for Del Monte products in magazines and the Sunday newspaper supplement section, so don't forget to watch for these special offers!
More Product Information
WHAT IS YOUR MODIFIED FOOD STARCH DERIVED FROM?
Our Modified Food Starch is derived from corn. It is gluten-free.
WILL THE COMMON ALLERGENS BE LISTED IN THE INGREDIENT STATEMENT ON YOUR PRODUCTS?
Yes! In accordance with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, if one of our products contains any of the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans), it will be clearly labeled. All ingredient statements indicate the potential for an allergen in parentheses immediately behind the potential allergenic ingredient. In addition, we have specific policies in each of our plants to avoid the potential for cross contamination between products.
We encourage consumers to check the label, specifically the ingredient statement; this will identify the potential allergens in a product.
IS CANNED FOOD FULLY COOKED?
Yes, canned products are fully cooked.
MY RECIPE CALLS FOR A NUMBER 303 OR NUMBER 2 CAN. WHAT SIZE IS THAT?
|Can Number||Approximate Weight||Approximate Volume|
|303||15 1/2 oz||2 cups|
|2||20 oz||2 1/2 cups|
|2 1/2||28 1/2||3 1/2 cups|
|10||105 oz||13 cups|
DO YOU OFFER ANY NO SALT ADDED PRODUCTS?
Yes! We recognize that many of our consumers are on sodium-restricted diets, so we offer a wide range of No Salt Added products:
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Cut Green Beans
- Del Monte® No Salt Added French Style Green Beans
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Mixed Vegetables
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Whole Kernel Corn
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Sweet Corn Cream Style
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Summer Crisp Whole Kernel Corn
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Whole Leaf Spinach
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Sweet Peas
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Petite Diced Tomatoes
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Stewed Tomatoes
- Del Monte® No Salt Added Tomato Sauce
We are also proud to offer several varieties of reduced - sodium vegetable products:
- Del Monte® 50% Less Salt Whole Kernel Corn
- Del Monte® 50% Less Salt Cut Green Beans
- Del Monte® 50% Less Salt Sweet Peas
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW DEL MONTE PRODUCTS FIT INTO A HEALTHY, NOURISHING DIET?
I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT DEL MONTE PICKLES, DEL MONTE DRIED FRUIT, DEL MONTE FRESH PRODUCE, OR DEL MONTE PRODUCTS PURCHASED IN CANADA. CAN YOU ANSWER MY QUESTION?
No. Del Monte Foods produces processed fruits, vegetables and tomatoes for distribution in the United States and South America. Del Monte® brand dried fruit, fresh fruit and foods sold in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central America and Asia are produced under license by companies that are otherwise unaffiliated with Del Monte Foods. You may contact these companies via their websites:
For Del Monte® Pickles: www.gedneyfoods.com
For Del Monte® Dried Fruit: www.delmontedriedfruit.com
For Fresh Del Monte® Produce: www.freshdelmonte.com
For Del Monte® Brand beverages sold in Canada: www.kraftcanada.com
For Del Monte® Brand canned fruits and vegetables sold in Canada: DelmonteCanada.com
WHAT IF I CANNOT FIND MY FAVORITE DEL MONTE FOODS PRODUCT IN MY STORE?
Del Monte products are available in most stores nationwide. Because regional preferences vary, the product you are looking for may not be available in your area. If you can't find your favorite Del Monte product, you may want to talk with your store management to let them know of your interest in purchasing it, or check with other stores in your area.
CAN I BUY PRODUCTS DIRECTLY FROM YOU?
At this time, we're unable to sell Del Monte products directly to consumers.
WHAT IS A "GMO?"
GMO is an acronym for "Genetically Modified Organism." This term is commonly used to refer to foods that have been derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified through the direct introduction of a gene from a different organism in a laboratory vs. traditional plant breeding methods.
WHAT DOES "NON-GMO" MEAN?
No genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are present in Del Monte products that are labeled "Non-GMO."
HOW DOES DEL MONTE CERTIFY PRODUCTS AS "NON-GMO"?
In 2015, we have verified on our labels that 70 of our best-selling vegetable and tomato products are Non-GMO. Applying FDA and EU standards, Del Monte self-certifies our Non-GMO products by obtaining and continually updating records for all of the ingredients in our Non-GMO labeled products. We also conduct analytical testing on each product and monitor our suppliers’ analytical testing results to ensure Non-GMO status.
In 2016, we worked with the USDA to verify our sweet corn products as non-genetically modified resulting in the USDA certification, "USDA Process Verified Non-GE/GMO". Del Monte is the first consumer products company ever to meet USDA’s strict criteria to qualify for their Non-GMO process verification program. This process goes to great lengths to ensure that Del Monte’s sweet corn is not mutated or impacted by “drift” pollination that can occur when our specialty sweet corn is grown in areas near genetically modified commodity corn. Look for the USDA Process Verified Non-GE/GMO claim on our corn products some time later this year.
WHY ARE ONLY SOME OF DEL MONTE'S PRODUCTS LABELED "NON-GMO"?
The fruit, vegetables and tomatoes we use in our products have always been Non-GMO, but some of our added ingredients for sweeteners or flavorings have been sourced from genetically modified crops like corn or soybeans.
In 2015, Del Monte Foods began labeling many of our vegetable and tomato products as Non-GMO (70 products in total). In 2016, we will be labeling all of our vegetables, fruit cups and many more tomato products as Non-GMO. In addition, efforts are currently underway with our suppliers to verify their ingredients’ non-GMO status, and, where necessary, to assure a consistent supply of replacement ingredients in order to label our remaining qualified products as non-GMO.
ARE GMOs SAFE?
The FDA, USDA, World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association have concluded that products containing genetically engineered ingredients are safe. Even though there are no health risks (allergens or negative nutrients) associated with GMOs, we decided to provide information about GMOs in our products to consumers so that they can make informed choices.
For more information, visit Facts About GMOs.
WHAT IS BPA (Bisphenol-A)?
BPA is the basic organic building block for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Epoxy resins are used as lining on the inside of many food and beverage cans, can ends and jar lids. Linings on the interior surface of a can make it possible for food products to maintain their nutritional value and taste, and are essential to prevent food contamination or spoilage. BPA itself is not added directly to food or even used directly in lining the cans. Instead, cans are lined with epoxy resins, of which BPA is a component. Its job is to make the plastic flexible so it completely covers the inside of the can. Based on extensive research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and many other regulatory agencies around the world have concluded that BPA is safe to use in packaging.
DOES YOUR PACKAGING USE BPA-BASED LININGS?
Some of our metal cans use epoxy linings, which contain a trace amount of BPA. However, we are converting nearly 100 percent of canned products to Non-BPA linings in 2016. Our glass jars do not contain BPA, but they do use metal closures that contain a lining with trace amounts of BPA. See our statement here.
WHAT IS DEL MONTE USING INSTEAD OF BPA IN ITS CAN LININGS?
The alternative lining material for our vegetable and fruit products is made with a polyester material; and the alternative used for our tomato cans is a vinyl lining. The linings comply with all FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) standards. The coating components are also EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and REACH (Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) compliant. The new linings meet the requirements of California’s Prop. 65, do not contain phthalates, and do not contain BPA (Bisphenol-A).
DO YOU PRODUCE ANY PRODUCTS IN NON-BPA CANS AND PLASTIC PACKAGING ?
Our plastic cups, plastic bottles, pouches and bags, paper cartons and sleeves, aseptic cartons and glass jars do not use resins that contain BPA.
In 2016, we now have the capability to convert 100 percent of our branded fruit and tomato products, and nearly 100 percent of our branded vegetable products to Non-BPA linings.
Consumer Contact Information
To contact Del Monte Foods, Inc. Consumer Affairs:
- Complete and submit our online Contact Us Form
- Call us at 1-800-543-3090, Mon Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time
- Write to us at: Del Monte Foods, Inc. Consumer Affairs, 890 Mountain Ave., Suite 105, New Providence, NJ 07974.