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Have you ever drank milk after the expiration date? Experts provide important information
Written by SOT.COM.AL 15 Prill 2021
When it comes to consuming milk, the date placed on the carton or bottle of the product may not be as important as freshness.
The date you find stamped means the date within which the milk is to be sold by traders, and in many cases the product inside lasts even longer.
However, if milk is not stored in ideal conditions by traders, chances are it will spoil and ferment.
Bacteria found in milk
Most bacteria found in milk are eliminated by heat during the pasteurization process.
It is possible for milk to become contaminated even after it has been pasteurized, as some types of bacteria can survive the process.
Not only that, but they can also multiply at low temperatures, so refrigerated storage can slow them down but not stop them.
These thermodouric bacteria are the causes of milk fermentation after the expiration day.
Thermoduric bacteria are diverse, therefore the fermentation of milk varies by their type.
If you consume milk after the expiration date, even though the milk looks good to you, you run the risk of being poisoned by harmful bacteria.
Cases of poisoning can be so mild that you will not realize it, and think it is simply a stomach upset. But in other cases, depending on the thermosetting bacteria, the poisoning can be severe.
The most common symptoms are stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea or high fever.
These symptoms can last from a few hours to several days, while the symptoms appear directly after consuming milk.
Thankfully it is very easy to tell if the milk is spoiled.
With a sniff and you will know if something is wrong.
Another clue is the density of milk. When it is broken it is easily distinguished as it is thicker than usual.
If you are not sure if the milk is spoiled or not, do not try it, just throw it away.
Try to consume purchased milk before the date placed in the box or bottle, as bacteria can be added.
Try to store the milk in the right conditions, placing it in the refrigerator at 3-4 degrees.
If you bought the milk in a box, do not change the packaging, so put it in another container.
By storing it in the initial box by tightening the lid well, you will thus avoid its fermentation.
A very important tip is not to change the temperature of the milk too often.
If you take it out of the fridge, put it in the fridge immediately after using it.
And if you put milk in the glass but did not consume it, do not add it to the bottle, as it will contaminate the product with environmental bacteria.
It is advisable not to store milk at the refrigerator door, as this area is more affected by temperature changes./ AgroWeb.org