How to Check if Your Raw Chicken Is Spoiled

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Chicken is a popular meat among households in the United States because of its versatility.  The main issue with chicken, though, is that it can cause illnesses if it is spoiled or not prepared properly.  These sicknesses occur from campylobacter, salmonella and E. coli that are found in the chicken.  If you’re worried about you and your family getting food poisoning from chicken, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid that from happening.  This articles explains how to check if your raw chicken is healthy to consume.  (Related topics: Florida food handlers card, Florida food handlers certificates)


Change in Color

When raw chicken spoils, its color changes from pink to grey and may also have yellow spots.  If you try cooking it anyway, the color will look dull as opposed to turning white.



A big indicator of spoiled chicken is the smell; it will have a strong, unpleasant odor.  This smell can be especially detected when it is raw but usually keeps that same smell when it is being cooked.


Expiration Date

Make sure to always check the “best by” date on the package of your chicken.  If the chicken is expired, it could lead to food poisoning.



It’s always helpful to be aware of where and how long you’ve kept your chicken stored.  If you’re debating whether or not your chicken is safe to eat, start by remembering how long it’s been in the fridge.  Chicken should only be stored in the fridge for a maximum of two days. It should also be placed on the lowest shelf to reduce the chance of cross-contamination, which could also make you ill.



If the chicken feels more slimy than usual, there’s a chance it may have gone bad.  Because of the chicken’s natural sticky texture, you may not know when the chicken feels more slimy than usual.  If you’re unsure, you should check for the other symptoms listed above.

After you’ve examined your raw chicken, it’s just as important to cook your chicken thoroughly, while also being aware of cross-contamination.  You can learn more about this subject by getting your Florida food handler certification.

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