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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Ham

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hamSpoilt ham when eaten, has dangerous effects that are best avoided to safeguard health and ensure your well being. Obtained from the hind region of  pig, this cut of meat is tinned, cured or served completely cooked. The raw meat is a natural habitat for many dangerous microbes that can cause infection in humans if consumed. Food poisoning by bacteria is very common and there are specific guidelines given by the food safety division of the US Department of Agriculture to teach us how to keep ham fresh. Let us learn about these tips as well as the health effects caused by consumption of rotten ham. 



Causes Of Spoilage

  • If fresh ham is undercooked it increases the risk of spoilage and contamination.

  • The lack of sufficient hygiene during processing can also accelerate spoilage of this meat.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Ham

  • Fungus can grow on cured ham if storage conditions are not optimal. Leaving it at room temperature for a long time can speeden growth and cause the fungus to produce toxins called mycotoxins. These can cause lung infection and inhibit absorption of nutrients like proteins.

  • Staphylococcus bacteria grows on ham which is not handled in a hygienic manner. This is dangerous as it can cause skin diseases, pneumonia, infection of the blood and damage to the brain.

  • If ham is cooked below 160ºF, E coli bacteria can survive. Symptoms are severe watery diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Tips To Identify Rotten Ham

  • Check for a fermented smell which indicates spoilage.

  • Ham with visible fungus is rotten.

  • If the meat is past the expiry date, then contamination is likely.

Enjoy ham every time by putting these easy food safety tips into practice. Remember you cannot see the germs, but you can surely prevent their growth.


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Ham