Originally Posted by Andy M.
Then you wouldn't have to taste it...
Sounds like a dodgy practice to me. I'd bet OSHA wouldn't be too happy with it either.
I appreciate your point of view. The fact is that you cannot always know just by smelling a food whether or not it has spoiled. Foodservice professionals are responsible for avoiding the more likely lawsuit... a customer who eats a plate of bad food. Taking a small taste of spoiled food is unlikely to make someone sick, and is often the only way to know if something has gone bad or not. And of course, if someone did taste something and realize it was spoiled, they would spit it out.
This is a quote from the USDA FSIS website:
bacteria can grow at low temperatures, such as in the refrigerator. Eventually they cause food to develop off or bad tastes and smells. Most people would not choose to eat spoiled food, but if they did, they probably would not get sick."