What Happens If you Eat Expired Sausage? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat expired sausage, you may get sick from food poisoning or trichinosis, which are caused by bacteria, toxins, or parasites in the meat.

Sausage is a type of meat product made of finely chopped and seasoned meat, which is usually stuffed into a casing and may be fresh, smoked, cooked, dry, or pickled.

Sausages of fish or poultry are also made.

A wide variety of spices and condiments are used in sausage making.

If you accidentally eat expired sausage, you may develop symptoms of food poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

You may also be at risk of trichinosis, a parasitic infection caused by eating raw or undercooked meat infected with Trichinella roundworms.

Trichinosis can cause muscle soreness, fever, headaches, eye swelling, and other complications.

This is because sausage contains meat, which can harbor harmful bacteria, toxins, and parasites if not properly stored, processed, or cooked.

Meat can go bad quickly at room temperature and undergo oxidation, which can make it sour or rancid.

Meat can also be contaminated with Trichinella larvae, which can survive in the cysts of the meat and infect humans who eat them.

Meat can be a good source of protein, iron, zinc, and other nutrients, but it can also pose health risks if not handled safely.

Meat should be cooked to the safe internal temperature to kill any harmful organisms and prevent food poisoning or trichinosis.

It is quite uncommon to eat expired sausage due to the use of preservatives and proper storage methods.

However, some people may not notice the expiration date or may consume sausage that has been improperly cooked or prepared.

Some people may also eat raw or undercooked meat from wild animals that are infected with Trichinella, such as bear, boar, or deer.

You can prevent food poisoning or trichinosis from sausage by following these tips:

  • Check the expiration date and the color, smell, and texture of the sausage before buying or eating it. Discard any sausage that looks or smells spoiled or has a slimy or sticky surface.
  • Store sausage in the refrigerator or freezer and use it within the recommended time. Refrigerate cooked sausage within two hours of preparation and use it within three to four days. Freeze uncooked sausage and use it within one to two months.
  • Cook sausage to the safe internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) for ground meat and 145°F (63°C) for whole cuts. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature and make sure there is no pink or red color in the meat.
  • Wash your hands and utensils with hot, soapy water before and after handling raw meat. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods and using different cutting boards and knives.

Finally, remember, sausage is a delicious and versatile food, but it can also cause food poisoning or trichinosis if not handled properly.

Always check the expiration date, store it safely, and cook it thoroughly to enjoy it without any risk.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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