An updated app from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service is offering food safety tips to help keep your food from spoiling.
The USDA Foodkeeper app was updated last month to include information on more than 650 food and beverage items, information on how long foods last, cooking safety tips and how to store for maximum quality.
The app also sends reminder alerts about when your food may spoil and can alert you to food safety recalls.
Signs of food spoilage can include a change in color or texture. The food may also emit a foul odor or develop an unpleasant taste, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.
“The quality of food products often decreases over time,” said Abby Snyder, an assistant professor and food safety field specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES). “And the point at which a food is considered ‘spoiled’ varies by product, how it has been processed and packaged, and storage conditions.”
The app is available for Android and IOS devices and can be found online at FoodSafety.gov/FoodKeeper.