Pastor Aram Tamata from Lolovange Village, North Ambae posted on social media images of a carton of damaged Tin Fish supplied by NDMO which evacuees on Maewo Island suggest has already expired.
When YTS News interviewed evacuee Charlie Tari, from Ambanga Village, North Ambae, he explained that “the dates on the tin shows it has not reached its expiry date, however, when we open the tin, the smell coming is revolting, and we islanders are not new to the tin fish so we do know its smell”
“this tin either has already expired or something is wrong with it”
Pastor Aram Tamata and his wife after a trip to Santo returned to Maewo and discovered the carton rotting in their shelter.
“we could smell something horrible coming from inside our shelter and we discovered blue flies around a carton of Tin Fish supplied by NDMO”
Pastor Tamata said when he opened the carton, “the tins inside were open and there was evidence that the tin must have exploded as the meat from the tin was spread all around the carton”
Charlie Tari says “this is not an isolated incident, and if you ask around, other evacuees do have similar stories to tell”
YTS News decided to do some research and we came up with the following from the Shelf Life Advice website.
The reports from Maewo say the Tin Fish has exploded and though it will take an expert opinion to determine the cause, YTS has gathered some information to help explain what may have happened to the supplies distributed to Ambae evacuees on Maewo.
YTS research shows that though exploding canned goods are a rare occurrence, canned goods can swell for a number of reasons including the buildup of hydrogen produced from the interaction of acids and the metals of the cans.
Bacteria that cause spoilage and creates gas buildup also occur and other possible causes include damage to the can during processing, overfilling or underfilling of the can, or sealing it after it had cooled down.
Denting caused by rough handling after the can was sealed might also be a factor and another culprit could be high summer temperatures or high altitudes.
The main causes, however, as explained by Shelf Life Advice are microbial spoilage and hydrogen produced by the interaction of acid in the food with the metal of the can.
Pressure is exerted on the can, causing bulging at both ends; if the sealed can is left on the shelf or stored in the carton indefinitely, eventually it may explode.
Whatever the reasons, the evacuees feel they cannot report this as attitudes by some Ambae leaders have already tarnished the real suffering being endured by the people of Ambae on both Maewo and Santo.
However, the image of the Tin Fish speaks for itself and it does say something is wrong with the canned meat and NDMO need to properly inspect it and maybe withdraw the whole supply of canned food as it is showing signs of contamination.