• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Eat or toss?

December 1, 2017

an out-of-focus close-up of the inside of a very full and disorganized refrigeratorFood poisoning: How long can you safely keep leftovers? 
Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is caused by harmful organisms, such as bacteria, in contaminated food. Because bacteria typically don't change the taste, smell or look of food, you can't tell whether a food is dangerous to eat. Learn more about handling leftovers safely from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian.

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