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Dr J. F. J. Sykes, M.D., medical officer of health of St. Panoraa and .lecturer on public, health at Cuy’p Hospital, in a recent report,; comments upon ca?os, of poisoning that occur from the consumption of , tinned food. He points out that ‘it ho, reason tinned, foods so frequently .oause trouble, when eaten,• especially if they have been kept open a few hours during the hot weather before consumption, is that so much of the .tinned-; foods in the cheaper markets are from old ships’ stores. , A ship upon,sailing, lays in certain stores of tinned .foods. It often happens that these are not touched on the voyage, and they may go another voyage or not, but ultimately they are sold as old stores. The tins are then cleansed, recolored, revarnished, and relabelled with clean fresh labels and resold. So again and again quantities of tinned foods may be .resold year after year, and some of these come upon the general market and are sold in seaport and inland towns. Considerable quantities must find their way bn to the London markets and be retailed by; small grocers in the poorer neighborhoods. - This is a risky condition of .things that only requires public attention to be directed to it in order to evoke some remedy. In addition to the liability of causing sickness, very stale tinned foods cannot possibly be so beneficial as nutriment; in fact, in the course of years much of the proper dietetic effect mast be lost. The remedy that suggests itself to me as effectual is to provide by law' that all tint containing tinned food shall have, stamped upon, the bottom the date of tinning.”

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THE DANGERS OF TINNED FOODS., Issue 10427, 23 September 1897

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THE DANGERS OF TINNED FOODS. Issue 10427, 23 September 1897

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