Swollen can of surströmming
Is it safe to eat the content of a swollen can of surströmming?
Fermented fish, despite the scent, is micro-biologically a very safe product. In the seventies, the National Food Administration in Sweden attempted to add food poisoning bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens. None of these could grow in the cans. Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes are not proven, but the high salinity (amount of salt content in the water) makes it extremely unlikely to grow. It’s concluded that surströmming micro-biologically is a very safe product. As long as the can is not leaking, it is safe to eat.
We can also defuse the myth that a can of surströmming can explode. If that were true, the military would use these. A can of surströmming that gets swollen almost and round can start leaking, and if it gets punctured in that state, a squirt of surströmming juice will fly out. But explode? No!
BBC published this exciting and creative headline.
Fake news or, as some people refer to it, alternative truth 🙂
Sorry BBC, check your facts first!
1.) Fermented fish is not rotten fish.
2.) Surströmming can not turn into exploding missiles.