What happens to foods when they spoil? Are they dangerous to eat? And what causes foods to spoil, and how? These are questions often received by USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline.
Signs of food spoilage may include an appearance different from the food in its fresh form - such as a change in color or texture, an unpleasant odor, or an undesirable taste.
Various factors cause food spoilage, making items unsuitable for consumption. Find out what they are, and how you can prevent it!