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Prevent food poisoning and food-borne illnesses with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Sense of sight
- Sense of smell
- Sense of touch
Check the expiration date
Check the expiration date on the product to determine its shelf-life.
Avoid sticky and slimy meat
Avoid meat and poultry that is slimy, tacky to the touch, or that emits a bad odor.
Smell fish for freshness
Smell fish for freshness. Fish should be odorless, have no signs of yellowing, and should not curl at the edges.
Get rid of potatoes
Get rid of potatoes that have a wrinkly appearance, are discolored, or develop sprouts.
Throw away canned food
Throw away canned foods that are leaking, bulging, or have a foul smell. These are indications of botulism.
Toss milk that has a bad odor or the consistency of yogurt.
Discard fruits and vegetables
Discard fruits and vegetables that are wilting, mushy, slimy, or smell bad.