Food Safety Fails

10 common mistakes that could make you sick
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Fail: Eating home-canned foods from friends or farm stands

Home-canned foods may be contaminated with botulism even if they smell, look and taste perfectly fine. “If you know that your friend or relative is an experienced, careful home-canner, it’s probably OK,” Mills notes. “Otherwise, don’t eat it. It’s safer to be cautious and never eat food you haven’t safely canned yourself.” If you do eat canned foods, first boil home-canned vegetables and meats for 10 minutes plus one additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level at your location, the CDC recommends.