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Spoiled meat may not smell or start to degenerate right away so just get rid of it if it is past the labeled expiration date
Since sausage often has a lot of preservatives, flavorings and spices, it can be hard to tell if it's gone bad.
When it's bad, at first often there will be a sour smell and even a bit of a slimy coating on the outside. Also look for mold growth, sometimes just white, other times blue or black as visual cues. Though depending on the type of sausage, a white mold may actually be desirable.
As sausage decay further it starts to smell like any rotten meat, like roadkill on a hot day, and will make you gag.