Talk:Canning

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Article is self-inconsistent with respect to dates[edit]

At the top of the article, we see the text:

In 1795 the French military offered a cash prize of 12,000 francs for a new method to preserve food. Nicolas Appert suggested canning, and the process was first proven in 1806 in tests conducted by the French navy.

But then in the "History and development of canning" section, we see the text:

In 1809, Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner and brewer, observed that food cooked inside a jar did not spoil unless the seals leaked, and developed a method of sealing food in glass jars.

How is it that the French navy was testing Appert's process in 1806, three years before the article simultaneously claims Appert made the observations that led to the invention of the process?

(I.e., I suspect at least one of these dates needs to be fixed; that, or two of the cited sources are in conflict.)

Pnkfelix (talk) 16:05, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

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