Feb. 7 - A German pensioner opens a 64-year-old container of pork lard, which he received as a student following World War II. Tara Cleary reports.
A delicious snack, pork lard on pumpernickel. Except that this lard is 64 years old. German pensioner Hans Feldmeier received it as part of an American CARE package following World War II. But as fate would have it -- he and his wife never opened it. SOUNDBITE: Hans Feldmeier, owner of 64-year-old lard tin, saying (German): "It was the case that we thought, 'oh well we aren't so hungry just now and it might get worse'. So we just kept it and kept it. Then we moved from our student accommodation, and then we moved again and then we finally moved to Warnemuende. But the tins were so pretty! We didn't want to get rid of them. Then of course at some point I was curious to see whether or not the stuff was still good or not." A retired pharmacist, Feldmeier sent the lard to a laboratory for testing. And despite having long passed its sell-by date, the fat was still good. SOUNDBITE: Hans Feldmeier, owner of 64-year-old lard tin, saying (German): "It has quite a neutral taste. But it was good with the salt and pumpernickel." More than ten million aid packages were sent to Germany after the war. Heribert Scharrenbroich, head of CARE in Germany says the lard discovery is a positive sign of the quality of the organisation's aid. SOUNDBITE: Heribert Scharrenbroich, President of CARE, Germany and Luxembourg, saying (German): "I thought it was great that it was still edible. This is a symbol for the storage life of Care's aid because sustainability is also very important." And Feldmeier and his wife have taken sustainability to a whole new level. Tara Cleary, Reuters.