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Canning -- Vegetables

Why do canned beets sometimes turn black?

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The blackening of home canned beets is a sign of spoilage. No unusual odor or gas may be detected. The black color may extend throughout the beet. A distinct medicinal flavor may be detected if unintentionally consumed. The darkening is characteristic of a reaction between the bacteria and iron. Do not consumer the product.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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