Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600681


Black spots on the underside of the lid does not mean
the food is spoiled. Naturally occurring compounds in foods
including tannins, hydrogen sulfide or nitrogenous compounds
can react with metal lids causing black spots. These
reactive compounds are associated with proteins in the food.
When subjected to heat of processing, proteins denuture
and these compounds are released. Once freed from the
protein, they are able to combine with the metal lid causing
brown or black deposits.

If the jar of food is no longer sealed (vacuum lost),
black spots on the underside of the lid mean that the food
is spoiled. In this case, the contents of the jar should
be discarded.

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