Canned chicken hits the headlines

February 8: When a British husband and wife opened up a 50-year-old canned chicken they could never have realised that it would lead to a nationwide news story.

Les and Beryl Lailey were given the can of Buxted Chicken as part of a wedding gift hamper when they were married in 1956.

But Les, 73, didn’t eat it right away. He waited until their golden wedding anniversary, and several house moves later, to taste it for the first time.

* For more information about the benefits and virtues of canned foods go to Canned Food UK at or for technical information about the canning process go to the UK-based Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association at

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