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Cento Certified San Marzano Tomatoes have always been and continue to be grown and produced in the Sarnese Nocerino area of Italy. Our production plant in the San Marzano region of Campania, Italy sits in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. The rich volcanic soil and temperate climate of the area make San Marzano tomatoes retain the world-renowned flavor that makes them so special. An independent third-party agency, Agri-Cert, certifies that our Cento Certified San Marzano Tomatoes are produced with the proper, traditional method to ensure superior quality and authenticity. From seed to shelf, our Cento Certified San Marzano Tomatoes are monitored and held to the highest of standards.
BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an ingredient in the epoxy which coats cans to preserve food. The coating allows food processors to utilize effective sterilization processes that ultimately protect the food from microbiological contamination to avoid food poisoning and protect the health of the public. We at Cento Fine Foods are aware of the consumer preference for can coatings that do not contain BPA. As of 2014, we transitioned out of epoxy based can linings and changed to other composite linings that do not utilize BPA in their formula for all of our canned products. We are now proud to assure you that none of our cans contain BPA as an ingredient in the protective lining. We hope this clearly answers any questions or concerns you may have regarding the use of BPA in our cans. We thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact us for additional information.
In compliance with national labelling laws, all of our products clearly state any allergens used in the manufacturing of the product. Please read every ingredient statement for all allergen declarations.
Balsamic vinegar is an all-natural product and tends to have naturally occurring sediment from the grapes used to produce it. This sediment, known as the “mother of the vinegar”, is safe for consumption and not harmful in any way. Storing balsamic vinegar in a cool, dry place and closing the lid tightly will help prevent the formation of this sediment.
The manufacturer of our jars for Cento Roasted Red Peppers made a change to the sealant for the lids, which caused issues with opening and removing the lids. The issue has been addressed and we have reverted to the old sealant, but some of the hard-to-open jars are still on the shelves. If you’re having trouble opening your jar of Cento Roasted Red Peppers, try using a silicone or rubber grip, running the lid under hot water, using a butter knife or teaspoon to break the seal or holding the jar at a 45-degree angle and smacking the bottom of it to create air bubbles and in turn, loosen the lid.
For consumer convenience, Cento stocks come with a twist-cap perforating aluminum safety seal. A one-step process to opening your new stock, there is no longer a tab to pull or cut under the cap. By twisting the cap, the tamper evidence ring will break away from the cap, producing a clicking sound, and the teeth under the lid will break the inner safety seal.
National labeling laws do not require the country of origin to be placed on the label if a product is manufactured within the United States. All of our imported products, however, clearly state the country of origin on the back or side panel of the label. If the country of origin doesn’t appear on the label, the product was produced domestically.
Although “Best Before” dates aren’t required by laboring laws, Cento is committed to applying consumer-friendly “Best Before” dates on all of our products. In the event that your product is not clearly labeled with an open “Best Before” date, please fill out our Expiration Date form and we will gladly assist you in interpreting our product traceability codes.
Cento Double Concentrated Tomato Paste in a Tube is imported from Italy and therefore has a more robust flavor than our other canned Cento Tomato Paste. Because this has a stronger flavor than our canned tomato paste, we recommend using less in recipes that call for canned tomato paste. If your recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of canned paste, 1 Tablespoon of Cento Double Concentrated Tomato Paste in a Tube should be used.
Cento Anchovy Paste combines ground anchovies of the Adriatic Sea and sunflower oil in a convenient, resealable tube that can be stored in the refrigerator for later use. It provides a burst of flavor to any sauce, antipasto, Caesar salad dressing or dip. You can use anchovy paste in place of anchovy fillets, with the equivalent of 2 anchovy fillets to ½ teaspoon of anchovy paste.
Our peppers are fire-roasted and do not contain any artificial preservatives. The black spots, known as “char”, are a result of the open-flame fire roasting, and are not harmful in any way. The char adds to the delicious fire roasted taste.
Always check the label of each product for proper storage procedures. Generally speaking, most jarred products need to be refrigerated after opening. In most cases, it is best to cover all remaining product with water or oil before refrigerating to preserve freshness. If the item is packed in brine or water, add water. If it is packed in an oil marinade, add oil.
When storing unused canned tomatoes, seal them in an air-tight container and refrigerated immediately to preserve for 4-6 days. For long term storage, seal tomatoes in an air-tight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
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