Digging out a package of bacon from the depths of your refrigerator can leave you wondering if it's fresh enough to eat. When determining if bacon has gone bad, you can look at the packaging, the appearance of the bacon and take note of the smell from the meat product. If any of these areas prove questionable, you should toss the bacon to avoid eating a spoiled product.
Examine the packaging for any punctures or tears. If there are any, the bacon could be spoiled or contaminated. Bacon should remain tightly wrapped for freshness. Look for a "use by" date on the packaging. If the date has already passed, throw the bacon away for safety.
Look at the color of the bacon. If it appears brown or green in color, discard it immediately. If you notice a white slimy film or milky fluid on the meat or in the package, bacteria is growing. Get rid of the bacon.
Sniff the meat. The normal smell may be strong when you first unwrap it due to trapped gasses escaping, but it will dissipate. If there is a strong, unpleasant odor that lingers, the bacon has gone bad and you should throw it away.
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.