Food can become spoiled in such a way that makes it undesirable for consumption by giving it an unpleasant odor and taste. This is referred to as rancidity.
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How to slow rancidity
- Store food in airtight containers
- Keep food in the refrigerator
- Adding antioxidants, which prevent oxidation, to food
Eating rancid food that has an unpleasant odor or taste may lead to minor digestive symptoms, but it does not pose a health risk.
What to do if you find rancid food
If you find rancid infant food, you should report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
If you find other food that is rancid, throw it out. You may also return it to the store where it was purchased if you believe that the food was rancid prior to purchase.
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