Pharmaceutical products or high-quality food products have a longer shelf-life

By eliminating oxygen, the product can no longer oxidise or “perish”. The oxidable parts of the products, above all fats, proteins etc., retain their natural freshness when kept away from oxygen.

The lower the oxygen levels in the product, the longer the can’s shelf-life. When gassing the cans, the oxygen is normally replaced by nitrogen. However, it is also possible to use a mixture of carbonic acids which have a certain conservation effect.
More and more countries make new regulations for the minimum of shelf-life and quality requirements for canned food products. The rules for a shelf-live guaranty in the EU countries are 2 years.

Which products are preferred for evacuation and gassing?

For decades now, gassing has been the standard method used for expensive, concentrated pharmaceutical products, such as vitamins. The gassing of cans is recommended for all types of food.

Here are a few canned products where gassing is the current quality standard:


  • vitamins, pharmaceutical raw materials, medical or veterinary products
  • soluble children’s food in powdered or granulated form, milk powder, diet products
  • all forms of coffee, coffee substitute, instant products
  • potato crisps, snack, pastries
  • nuts, muesli, cereals
  • meat products, cheese products