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Franklin Expedition canned food not to blame for deaths

A new study has debunked the theory that improperly canned foods led to the demise of the infamous Franklin Expedition.

Chemists at the University of Western Ontario used an array of the latest analytic techniques to conclude that poorly made cans of food were not responsible for the lead that poisoned the officers and crew of the doomed 19th-century voyage to explore the Arctic.

“We’ll probably never know what happened to the crew of the Franklin [expedition], so it will remain one of the great mysteries of Canadian history,” said Prof. Ron Martin.

“Our resources fail to support the hypothesis that the lead in the bones came from tins, and I certainly believe it didn’t.”

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Story: The Canadian Press | Photo: National Archives of Canada/Canadian Press

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