Are Corned Beef Tins Designed To Kill Us?

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Preston, England
July 12, 2017 3:22pm CST
Tins used for canning and sealing food for preservation have changed over the years. Some still require the use of the can-opener though that is usually much easier in itself to operate than earlier versions. Many tins now come with ring pulls that will lift the entire lid off easily without even needing to find the tin opener. The ring pull tin is great for camping trips in particular. Why then do corned beef tins still often require the old fashioned key opening system where you insert a key and slowly peel back the lid, which has very jagged sharp edges that put many users (including my mother once in the 1970’s) in hospital for stitches and tetanus jabs? There is no earthly reason why corned beef or ham tins should not use conventional can-opener or ring tab lids. I can only conclude that their continued presence in the 21st century is the work of some sadist out to maim or kill meat eating citizens. Arthur Chappell
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
12 Jul 17
It is a very unnecessary design and should have been abandoned years ago. Of course the worst tins are still those containing Fray Bentos pies.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@Asylum yes they are nice pies but getting into them is horrible
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@Asylum yes, the sort of Victorian cad who tied damsels to railway tracks in silent movies I expect, possibly assisted by Muttely
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
12 Jul 17
Laugh
@arthurchappell Yes, I know the type that you refer to.
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
12 Jul 17
I agree, the change in the opening of those tins of corned beef has not been done due to some evil out there who wants to see humans suffer or die, or suffer and then die. This sounds like a great comic book! There has to be a superhero out there who can solve this problem.
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@WorDazza (10089)
• Manchester, England
12 Jul 17
Revenge of the animals!
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@WorDazza yes the cattle probably organize the tin making machinery
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@WorDazza (10089)
• Manchester, England
13 Jul 17
@arthurchappell I wouldn't put it past them. They can be very feisty. Hugo the dog and I are often chased by them in the fields near where I live.
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• Preston, England
14 Jul 17
@WorDazza they can be as fierce as the bulls at times
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Jul 17
Even the tins with the pull back lids have their drawback if you are not careful with them as the edges of them can be lethal and cut your hand open if you are not careful. Have not eaten that in a long time though.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 yes we do have to be careful with them
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Jul 17
@arthurchappell Specially those fiddly tuna fish cans the very small ones. Crikey they are really like razors.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 yes, you could use one as an alternative to a switchblade in a knife fight
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@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
12 Jul 17
Maybe it's cheaper to just produce them the old way, so it's all about profits. You have plenty of canned food over there, canned ham doesn't sound scrumptious at all.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@sabtraversa I don't mind canned ham - I like the aspic which a lot of people hate
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@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
12 Jul 17
@arthurchappell I used to love it when I was a kid! But I'd always expect to see ham being cut thinly from the thigh of a pig by the butcher.
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• United States
12 Jul 17
I don't buy that type of food, not appetizing to me.
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• Preston, England
12 Jul 17
@AbbyGreenhill I do like corned beef
• United States
12 Jul 17
@arthurchappell so does my husband but not out of a can...He had corned beef sandwich forward lunch today.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
12 Jul 17
All the caned corned beef I buy still requires a can opener lol
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@crossbones27 (21982)
• Redlands, California
12 Jul 17
Could be that, but also believe a lot of people want to go back to those times and prefer stuff like that because it makes them think they are hard or something.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
12 Jul 17
A few times the tab would break off and I end up having to use a can opener to finish the job.
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• United States
12 Jul 17
I do hate those such a bother Arthur.
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@LadyDuck (182653)
• Switzerland
13 Jul 17
I have noticed that and I hate this system, I fear all the time to hurt my fingers.
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• Preston, England
13 Jul 17
@LadyDuck I just avoid buying those kind of tins even though I like the food in them
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@LadyDuck (182653)
• Switzerland
14 Jul 17
@arthurchappell I also avoid buying them, my mom seriously cut a finger once.
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• Preston, England
14 Jul 17
@LadyDuck the cuts they give are quite viscious
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13 Jul 17
Maybe they're just REALLY OLD tins of food! Have you checked the dates?! Lolz. I remember being absolutely and utterly terrified of those tins when I was a nipper. I think they are designed purely to inflict pain. I didn't realise they were still around, but I don't buy corned beef or such.
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• Preston, England
13 Jul 17
@Poppylicious shops have strict rules on sell by dates - they couldn't sell old tins legally
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14 Jul 17
@arthurchappell Lolz, I know. I was just jesting. Plus, everybody has something past its sell-by date in their kitchen cupboard!
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@Gillygirl (17606)
• Sutton, England
13 Jul 17
I've never felt those old fashioned tins of corned beef are safe. I remember my mum cut her hand on one.
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• Preston, England
14 Jul 17
@Gillygirl they are lethal
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@pumpkinjam (5800)
• United Kingdom
13 Jul 17
I completely agree with you. Other tins have become easier to open while corned beef tins have always been, continue to be, and will always be designed to kill us. I don't like corned beef anyway but, I think, even if I did, I'd probably get someone else to risk their lives rather than battle with the evil myself.
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• Preston, England
14 Jul 17
@pumpkinjam sounds a good plan
@jstory07 (71289)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jul 17
You should get everyone to write and complain to the company so they swill get rid of the jagged sharp edges.
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• Preston, England
13 Jul 17
@jstory07 I just boycott buying such tins even though it reduces how often I get to eat corned beef etc
@Neiltarquin (1091)
• Rass, Saudi Arabia
13 Jul 17
They can use this type of design.
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• Preston, England
13 Jul 17
@Neiltarquin that is more practical by far
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@JudyEv (137101)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul 17
Sardine tins used to have these 'keys' too. Sometimes the key would break off and then it was very difficult to open the can.
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@snowy22315 (54407)
• United States
13 Jul 17
I always hatted those key tins. They were the worst!
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• Bournemouth, England
13 Jul 17
You mean the frustration when that little key won't do the job and you can't get the wretched thing open?
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@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
13 Jul 17
i prefer to have that lifting, than the key. well, before i was excited to use the key but it feels it is taking more time :(
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