Eating fresh food is important for you and your family to stay safe from dangerous bacteria. Use these tips to recognize when food goes bad.
You will need
- Sense of sight
- Sense of smell
- Sense of touch
Step 1 Check the expiration date Check the expiration date on the product to determine its shelf-life.
Step 2 Avoid sticky and slimy meat Avoid meat and poultry that is slimy, tacky to the touch, or that emits a bad odor.
Fading or darkening meat can also indicate spoilage.
Step 3 Smell fish for freshness Smell fish for freshness. Fish should be odorless, have no signs of yellowing, and should not curl at the edges.
Step 4 Get rid of potatoes Get rid of potatoes that have a wrinkly appearance, are discolored, or develop sprouts.
Step 5 Throw away canned food Throw away canned foods that are leaking, bulging, or have a foul smell. These are indications of botulism.
Step 6 Toss milk Toss milk that has a bad odor or the consistency of yogurt.
Step 7 Discard fruits and vegetables Discard fruits and vegetables that are wilting, mushy, slimy, or smell bad.
Each year 76 million people in the United States become sick with food-borne illnesses.