Fresh Fish Shouldn’t Stink, and Other Rules of Thumb

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When to taste and when to toss: answers to your peskiest food safety questions

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There’s nothing quite like the threat of spoiled food to freak out even the most self-possessed among us. (In fact, if you’ve never seen Jerry Seinfeld’s riff on the anxiety around milk’s expiration date—“You ever had milk the day after the day? Scares the hell out of you, doesn’t it?”—you really ought to stop everything right now and go find it online). So, U.S. News consulted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture to get answers to some of the peskiest food safety questions.

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