Proper use of the comma in 'and'

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Is it correct to use the comma after the word 'and'?

 

E.g: 

 

Pressure canning is a method used for processing vegetables and other low-acid food, such as meat, poultry, and fish.

 

or should it be...

 

Pressure canning is a method used for processing vegetables and other low-acid food, such as meat, poultry and fish.

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You don't have a comma after 'and' anywhere here, but you should remove the one after 'low-acid foods'. Notice I added an 's' to food. The comma after poultry in the list is prefered. This is called the Harvard or Oxford comma.

 

Pressure canning is a method used for processing vegetables and other low-acid food, such as meat, poultry, and fish.

 

There are occasions in which a comma following the conjunction 'and' would be apppropriate. If there is an introductory clause that starts the second sentence that would normally take a comma, it should be used.

link comment answered Nov 17 '12 at 00:22 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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