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Old 09-06-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Food poisoning from eating expired foods?


I accidently ate some tortellini from the fridge that was 8 days past the useby date last night. (i had two opened bags of the same brand, but accidently ended up using the one that had expired without noticing.) That will teach me to clean out my fridge!!

The tortellini is the 'fresh' type that is stored in the refrigerated section of a supermarket. The tortellini packet had been open in my fridge for anywhere between 2-5 weeks, but had been refrigerated the whole time.

When I cooked it, it reached boiling point. Would this have killed any germs? It tasted ok, just the meat filling was a bit dry.
Do you think that there's any chance of getting sick from eating something like this past the useby date?

Also if you have rotten vegies in the fridge, would that contaminate other open foods sitting in the fridge.

It has been nearly 24 hrs since I ate the food. I had a bit of a tummy ache 30 mins ago, but when I went to the toilet it was pretty normal.

I am just really worried cos I have a very busy week coming up..

Any advice would be great..

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Old 09-07-2007, 09:12 AM   #2
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Re: Food poisoning from eating expired foods?

I bet if it's been 24 hours and you haven't gotten sick already, you are going to be just fine. Food poisoning usually strikes much quicker than that. I wouldn't push your luck by doing something like this again, though. And yes, one rotten food can contaminate another. Clean out that fridge!

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Re: Food poisoning from eating expired foods?

You'll be fine. The date on the package is to guarantee the freshness. If there wasn't any mold on the tortellini, if it didn't smell bad, or taste funny, it was fine. The use by is more of a quality assurance type date. You can normally tell if something is bad by the off color, smell or taste.

You would have gotten sick within a couple of hours if it was bad. The fact that the filling was dry tells you that it was getting old...

You'll be fine. Bet your fridge will be cleaner though.....

Old 09-07-2007, 10:12 AM   #4
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Re: Food poisoning from eating expired foods?

I just want to say asomething about the "couple of hours" thing... Yes for something like that I guess that's right, it would strike soon, but for something like botulism I think it can take much longer. That's from canned foods mostly. When the lids have started bulging, throw them out!!!

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