- 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.
- TIP: 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.
- FACT: Each year 76 million people in the United States become sick with food-borne illnesses.
You Will Need
- Sense of sight
- Sense of smell
- Sense of touch