A BBC article on the origins and history of tinned food may not sound like a riot to read, but by golly I've just gained a grand amount of trivia!
For example: scandals over cheap meat are nothing new!
"Instead of perfectly preserved beef, they found putrid meat so rotten that the stone floors needed to be coated with chloride of lime to mask the stench, according to an account in the Illustrated London News.....The supplier in question was Stephan Goldner, who had won the Admiralty contract in 1845 by undercutting all rivals, thanks to cheap labour working at his meat factory in what is now Romania ."
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