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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Duck

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Roasted duckOne of the most popular game meat that is available in both fresh and frozen form is duck. Even though it is consumed less frequently when compared to other meat and poultry, it is important to avoid eating rotten duck thereby avoiding hazardous health effects. The reason for this is contamination by microbes that can result in symptoms of food poisoning. The importance of duck in food safety has been recognised by USDA which has recommended several steps to increase consumer awareness of rotten duck. Some of them are discussed in below.


Causes Of Spoilage

  • Improper refrigeration of  raw or cooked duck encourages bacterial growth.

  • When cooking is not sufficient it means pathogens can multiply quickly to dangerous levels and cause spoilage.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Duck

  • If the juices from raw duck contaminate other foods, it leads to the transfer of salmonella bacteria that is a leading cause of illness associated with food poisoning. Even a single drop of raw juice is enough to cause a severe infection.

  • Salmonella enteritidis is a type of salmonella bacteria that is commonly present in rotten duck. Eating this means diarrhea, nausea and painful stomach cramps. There are many reported illnesses due to this, especially in children.

  • During cooking, E coli contamination is a possibility if personal hygiene is not sufficient. Watery diarrhea, fever and nausea are commonly experienced.

Tips To Identify Rotten Duck

  • If slime formation is noticed then the duck is rotten.

  • An off odor indicates decay of the proteins because of spoilage.

  • If you find duck stored at room temperature at a supermarket, it means that disease causing microbes have most likely grown in it. 


Flavourful game birds are best enjoyed fresh. Following the above food safety principles is of paramount importance for good health.


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Duck