Dented Formula Can

Dented Formula Can


In this article, we’ll discuss dented cans, particularly those containing a powdered formula. We’ll examine the causes of dents, review the safety concerns, and how to handle dented cans.

What Causes Dents in Formula Cans?

Dented cans can result from various factors. Here, we’ll explore two significant causes: the properties of the material and transportation/storage conditions.

Material properties of cans

Cans are made of a very soft malleable material, typically aluminum or tinplate. This soft malleable material can easily become dented when subjected to pressure or impact.

Transportation and storage

During the transportation and storage of powdered formula cans, they may experience pressure or impact, leading to dents. Mishandling during delivery or stacking cans improperly can also result in damage.

Are Dented Formula Cans Safe?

The safety of dented formula cans is a subject of concern for parents. Let’s discuss the potential risks involved.

Risk of contamination

When a can is dented, it can compromise the integrity of the seal, leading to contamination of the powder inside. The powder may be exposed to bacteria, and considered unsafe as it will be putting your baby’s health at risk.

Expiration date and storage conditions

A dented can also have its expiration date obscured, making it difficult to determine if the formula is still safe to personally consume. Proper storage conditions are crucial for maintaining the quality of the formula.

How to Inspect a Dent on the Formula Can

Before using a dented can, it’s essential to inspect it for potential issues.

Checking for leaks

Examine the can for any signs of leakage. A leaking formula indicates that the seal has been compromised and the contents may be unsafe for your baby.

Inspecting the seal

Look for any abnormalities in the seal or lid, such as bulging or punctures. A compromised seal can allow bacteria to enter the can, posing a risk to your little one’s health.

What to Do with a Dented Can of Formula

In some cases, you may need to dispose of a dented can or return it to the store.

Returning to the store

If you purchased the dented Hipp formula or any dented formula can from a local store, you might be able to return it for a refund or exchange. Some stores, like Target, may even offer returns on formula cans with minor dents.

Disposing of dented cans

If the powdered formula can is severely dented, leaking, or has a compromised seal, it’s best to dispose of it. A damaged can of formula is considered unsafe for your baby and should not be used.

How to Prevent Dented Formula Cans

To avoid the issues associated with dented formula cans, take the following precautions:

Proper handling and storage

Handle formula cans with care, and store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Stack cans properly to prevent pressure or impact that could cause dents.

Buying from reputable sources

Purchase your formula from reputable retailers, either in-store or through trusted shopping links online. This reduces the likelihood of receiving a damaged can.


Dented formula cans can pose risks to your baby’s health due to the potential for contamination or compromised seals. It’s essential to inspect dented cans before use and dispose of any that are unsafe. To minimize the chances of encountering dented cans, handle them carefully and purchase from trusted sources.



Is it safe to use a formula from a slightly dented can?

It depends on the severity of the dent and the condition of the can’s seal. If the can is only slightly dented and the seal remains intact, it may be safe to use. However, it’s always best to inspect the can thoroughly before use.

What should I do if I find a dented can of formula at the store?

Inform the store personnel about the damaged can, and choose another one that’s in good condition. Do not purchase a dented can if you’re unsure about its safety.

Can I return a dented can of formula I bought online?

Return policies vary among retailers, so check with the specific store you purchased from. Some online retailers may offer returns or refunds for damaged items, including most dented cans of formula.

How can I tell if a dented formula can is leaking?

Check for wet spots or residue around the dent, the seal, or the bottom of the can. If you find any signs of leakage, the can is likely compromised and should not be used.

Are all dented cans considered unsafe?

Not all dented cans are unsafe, but it’s important to inspect them carefully for signs of damage or compromised seals. If there are any concerns about the can’s integrity or safety, it’s best to dispose of it.



This post is written and edited by Sandy who is a clinical pharmacist with over 20 years of experience specializing in pre-natal and post-natal care.