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food safety - tins which are "blown"

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There was a thread back in 2006 about dented tins but that has been closed so I can't resurrect it.  (I found it through a web search - not MSE search.)

I have a tin of salmon (bought within last couple of months and made April 2020 I think with expiry of April 2024) which doesn't have a dent that I can detect.  However, when I press the ends the tin moves/gives a little.  Other similar tins do not do that, even one with a slight dent.

So, is the first tin "blown" and the contents not safe to eat?  If so, I'll return to the shop for a replacement.

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  • General_Grant
    General_Grant Posts: 4,943 Forumite
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    edited 18 July 2022 at 10:32PM
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    I might wait till Wednesday when it's meant to be cooler.  (It's 28.9 degC in my sitting room right now.)  But, any way, it's well within the BB date and I can even probably find the till receipt.

    But, to add, it is not "blown" in the sense of being convex, only that there is "give" when I press in.
  • Longwalker
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    I might wait till Wednesday when it's meant to be cooler.  (It's 28.9 degC in my sitting room right now.)  But, any way, it's well within the BB date and I can even probably find the till receipt.

    But, to add, it is not "blown" in the sense of being convex, only that there is "give" when I press in.
    I know what you mean, the tins of sardines clicked in I pressed them

    Im not a Best Before  person, Im using soy sauce thats over 30 years old ( its fermented after all ), but cans, no matter what the date on them, if they blow - they are gone
  • KxMx
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    Definitely not worth risking it, especially with a fish product. 
  • PipneyJane
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    If you have the receipt, take it back to the shop and complain.  If you don’t and it’s an own-brand, ditto.  If neither, then complain to the manufacturer.  There is a breakdown in their processes and they need to know about it.  (Also, you may get money back.)

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    mmm....my other half is saving these to eat lol (salmon)
  • General_Grant
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    Returned to this thread because I
    returned the tin to the shop.

    First found current shelved stock - some of which had a little "give".
    Selected one which was solid and with no visible damage.
    Asked to speak with a manager who appeared quite quickly.
    Explained my dissatisfaction.
    Exchange offered immediately, no request for till receipt which I did have with me.
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