How to tell if food has gone bad

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Smell - Any bad smell is a clear indicator that the food should not be consumed. Trust your nose when you smell foods such as milk or ham.

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Chicken - Chicken should be pink, not grey. Sometimes it can even smell fine, but the discoloration is a clear sign it should not be eaten.

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Rice - Usually, cooked rice can last up to five to six days in the fridge. More time and it can start growing a bacteria called Bacillus cereus.

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Rice - This bacteria won't die even if you reheat the rice. It can cause food poisoning, so it’s better not to risk it.

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Green vegetables - When vegetables turn any other color than the one they should be (e.g. yellowish), then that’s a sign they’re going bad.

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Green vegetables - A slight color change is normal, but a stark yellowish broccoli is probably spoiled. Don’t eat it.

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Seafood - Seafood is supposed to smell fresh, like the ocean. If it smells of fish, then it’s usually a sign that it’s not fresh.

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Seafood - A sour or ammonia smell is also a sign that seafood has gone bad.

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Olive oil - If it smells rancid, like glue or motor oil, don’t consume it.

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Shellfish - Before you cook fresh oysters, mussels, or clams, tap them gently and see if they close. If they don’t, it means they’re dead. Don’t eat them.

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Shellfish - Cooked closed clams, for instance, are usually a sign that they were dead before they got cooked. Do not try to open and eat them.

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Mushy fruit - If your fruit is mushy then it’s gone past its shelf life. Watch out for signs of mold too!

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Spices - If the colors are faded and they’re stuck together in a jar, then it’s time to throw them away.

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Milk substitutes - If your almond milk, for instance, feels extra thick, has lumps, or develops a film, then it’s probably spoiled.

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