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How do I know your extra virgin olive oil is authentic?

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Where does Cento Tuna come from?

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What are the black specks found in the jars of roasted peppers and marinated roasted peppers?

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 is not harmful in any way. 

What is the sediment at the bottom of my balsamic vinegar?

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 not harmful in any way and is safe for consumption. Storing balsamic vinegar in a cool dry place and closing it tightly will help prevent the formation of this sediment.  

After I open a jarred item, how do I store properly it?

Always check the label of each product for proper storage procedure. 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, in order to preserve as much freshness as possible. If the item is packed in brine or water, add water.  If it is packed in an oil marinade, add oil.

After I have opened canned tomatoes, how do I properly store them?

When storing unused canned tomatoes, seal them in an air tight container and refrigerate immediately, to preserve them for 4-6 days.  For long term storage, seal tomatoes in an air tight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Why is the country of origin not mentioned on the products?

National labeling laws do not require the country of origin to be placed on the label if the product is manufactured within the United States.  All of our imported products clearly state the country of origin on the back or side panel of the label. So, if the country of origin does not appear on the label, the product was domestically produced.

Why aren't there "Best Before" dates?

Although "Best Before" dates are not required by laboring laws, Cento is committed to applying consumer-friendly "Best Before" dates on all of our products eventually. In the event that you have a product that 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.

How do I know if a product contains allergens, glutens, etc?

In compliance with national labeling laws, all of our products clearly state in plain English any allergens used in the manufacturing of the product. Please read every ingredient statement for all allergen declorations.

Do you sell to the general public?

Unfortunately, we are not able to sell to the general public out of our warehouse and distribution locations.  Please feel free to contact us with your location and we will gladly direct you to your closest retailer. If our products are not available where you shop, please request our products to store management.If you prefer to shop online, please visit

What is BPA? Do your canned items contain BPA?

BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an ingredient in the epoxy which coats the 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 have 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 explains 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 further information.  

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