Worldwide shortage of tinned tomatoes could threaten pizzas and spaghetti everywhere
This is a disaster!
Calling all pizza and spaghetti bolognese lovers out there, we may be in trouble as worldwide stocks of tinned tomatoes are running low due to a shortage of steel sheets used to make the tin can packaging.
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This means that countries such as Italy, which produces tinned tomatoes, may be forced to leave tomatoes rotting in fields, as they must be canned within 36 hours of being picked.
A lack of steel sheets is more prevalent now than ever as before this year as the season to pick tomatoes is between July and September, meaning the rush to get as many metal cans together is higher than any other time of the year.
The problem came about as tin can suppliers from India and Italy have been trying to keep up with an increasing demand from China which saw its economy recover from the coronavirus crisis faster than any other country.
One way which this can be solved is by using cartons instead of metal cans, but not every country has as much access to these are others.