One thing I am starting to get concerned about is all these issues with food that are being raised. Rice with high levels of Lead, beef with additives bad for our health. When I’ve been buying things I like to buy a couple to make sure I get some discounts. However buying that way means you get everything from the same batch and if that is contaminated then we are in big trouble. Especially as none of these contaminants are visible or can be checked by the public.
The solution as I see it is to buy from multiple sources, don’t buy too much at once so you don’t get it all from the same batch. Then if a batch is contaminated then it won’t kill you to dispose of it.
Keep notes of what stock you have so when an announcement is made you know if there is some in your stores. You can then look at the situation and decide what you will do with it. After all you could use it as visible stock and let it go when you are raided. That would serve them right and after that you could claim that was all you had.
All these issues increase our risk. After all we can’t just get replacements if our food is contaminated nor can we rely on medical help if someone becomes sick so we need to try and minimise these. The issue is it isn’t as easy as it sounds for the reasons already stated. Tins contaminated in this way look no different from uncontaminated ones and we do not have testing gear to check it.
I don’t see any option but accepting this risk. So, mitigate it by spreading your purchases around. Check the recall notices, there are not that many, and replace any items you are in any doubt about.
Of course it isn’t just the latest fears. Tins get damaged, some are faulty and the contents inedible straight from the cannery.
Examine the tine when you pick it up, check for dints, holes, etc. Smell each tin when you open it, look at it and see if it looks off in any way. Use your common sense and if in doubt discard it.