Expired pilchards cause painful death

2012-10-11 09:21
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Cape Town - A Cape Town man died a painful death after eating from a can of expired pilchards.

The Daily Voice reported that the man was on a drinking binge with friends when they decided to share a can of pilchards, which they found at a dump near their Happy Valley home.

The expiry date showed that the contents of the can should not be eaten after 2005.

Flip “Billy” Blou, 41, was apparently too drunk to notice and died a few hours later, bleeding from the ears, mouth and nose.

His friend, Henry Fransman, was fighting for his life in hospital.

Drinking buddy Vuyani Goniwe said the day had started out pleasantly with the three of them contributing R10 towards a 5-litre bottle of Cape Best wine.

“We were all very drunk that day but the two of them were worse, they could not even walk,” said Vuyani.

“They were carried out in a wheelbarrow. We had been drinking together the whole day.”

Vuyani said his friends offered him some of the fish but he said no when he saw the expiry date.

An autopsy would be held to determine the cause of death.

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