Originally Posted by Talula Fairie
That said, the whole "if it doesn't smell off" rule is a big myth.
It's not a "myth", because that implies that we're saying "if it doesn't smell off, then it's safe". I'm not saying that. This is just a different guideline, and one that works well for me, personally.
|I have given myself food poisoning from foods that smelled, tasted, and looked FINE. Most "stomach flus" are actually food poisoning without people realizing it.
It is very, very unlikely that I've ever had food poisoning. I've had stomach bugs (not flus) a very few times, and none of them seem likely to have been food poisoning. (For example, about a month ago, my whole family, except ds2, had a stomach bug - dd had symptoms on Saturday, ds1 on Monday night, and dh and I both on Tuesday night...I really doubt it was anything we ate, yk?)
I'm aware that there's no science behind the "if it doesn't smell off" thing. It just works for me. It also works for my sister, mom and several other people I know. We break all kinds of food safety rules, and simply don't have trouble. Maybe some people are naturally more susceptible, I don't know...but I use that rule because it works
, not because I've ever heard that it's a safe/valid approach.