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This work reports the aw values of a diversity of commercially canned foods (54 samples), including fruits and vegetables and cured and uncured meat products. The aw of canned fruit products (pieces in syrup, purees and juices) ranges between 0.950 and 0.992. Canned cured meats (i.e. deviled ham, meat and liver pastes, corned beef, cooked ham) have aw values in the range 0.970–0.984, while uncured canned meats display aw values above 0.982.