The length of time a product stays in storage without being sold or consumed is known as shelf life. Considering the ingredients found in a bbq sauce i.e. molasses, vinegar, tomatoes, Tabasco sauce, and brown sugar and other ingredients. Yes! Bbq sauce can go bad but this depends on how it’s kept in storage. The sauce can last for about 6 – 12 months depending on its ‘ best by’ date if not opened. It can stay for about 1 year if the sauce is opened and refrigerated after each use in its original container.
Changes in the color of any food product from its original state mean the flavor has changed and also it has also been around for too long. Bbq sauce changes color when it goes bad, that’s the first thing you should look for. Over time it will begin to get thicker and look darker. At some point, molds will appear on the sauce and if this happens the entire container should be thrown away.
Spoiled food can lead to unquestionable health risks. It is therefore advisable to practice food safety which is inclusive of consuming food before their shelf life lapses.
Health risks associated with food poisoning.
Food poisoning is caused by eating spoiled or contaminated food.
Causes of food poisoning include:
- Bacteria which causes most cases of food poisoning.
- Viruses also cause food poisoning, for example, the Norwalk virus is the leading cause of food poisoning and can be fatal in rare cases.
- It is not as common as bacteria food poisoning.
Symptoms of food poisoning vary depending on the length of time the symptoms takes to appear and also the origin of the infection. They include:
- Loss of appetite.
- Abdominal cramps.
- Speaking or seeing difficulties.
- Severe diarrhea that lasts for more than three days.
- Severe dehydration.
- Blood in urine.
It should be noted that pregnant women are at more risk of contracting food poisoning. This is because during pregnancies their bodies change their circulatory system and metabolism.
Among the elderly, they also face risks of contracting food poisoning due to their immune system not quickly responding to diseases or rather infectious organisms.
Due to their not fully developed immune system unlike in adults, children are considered at risk.
If symptoms persist seek medical advice.