Mold is everywhere! At Northeast Property Restoration we remediate property mold to keep the occupants safe from health hazards. But what about mold that grows on food? , What should you do when you find mold growth on food?, and Is it safe to cut off the moldy part and eat the rest? We will dive into this subject to answer these questions and more.
Molds are a natural part of the environment. Mold is present anywhere that moisture and oxygen exist. Outdoor molds are necessary for breaking down matter, however indoor mold growth should not be present.
Molds belong to the fungi kingdom. They are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. There are many different species of fungi that exist in the world. Most of these fungi’s produce spores. These spores can be transported by air, water, or insects.
There are many different types of mold. The most common types of mold are:
Molds have branches and roots. Therefore, if you see mold on the surface of food their roots may extend deep within.
Foods that are moldy may also have invisible bacteria growing along with the mold. Therefore, if you consume moldy food it can make you sick.
However, there are some foods with mold that are safe to eat! Keep reading to find out.
Due to the fact that molds develop “roots”, food with surface mold growth is contaminated all throughout.
Commonly found “surface” molds include: gray fur on sandwich meat, fuzzy green dots on bread, white dust on cheese, velvety greenish black circles on fruits, white fuzz on vegetables etc.
Therefore, if you just remove the growth on the surface you are only removing some of the mold growth. If you consume these mold affected items they may make you sick.
Yes! Molds are used to make certain cheeses. Some of these molds have visible blue veins including:
These cheeses are created by P. roqueforti or Penicillium roqueforti spores. The molds used to manufacture these cheeses are safe to eat.
Mycotoxins are poisonous substances produced by certain molds found in:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that 25% of the world’s food crops are affected by mycotoxins, of which the most notorious are aflatoxins. (According to the USDA)
Aflatoxin is a cancer-causing poison produced by certain fungi in or on Foods and Feeds, Field Corn and Peanuts.
They have been associated with various diseases, such as aflatoxicosis in:
Many countries try to limit exposure to aflatoxin by regulating and monitoring its presence on commodities intended for use as food and feed. The prevention of aflatoxin is one of the most challenging toxicology issues of present time.
Aflatoxins are considered unavoidable contaminants of food and feed, even where good manufacturing practices have been followed. (According to the USDA)
Cleaning the appliances and items in your kitchen can help minimize mold growth.
When you go to the grocery store make sure you check the items before you purchase them. This will ensure that you are not buying aged food that has mold or will grow mold fast.
To avoid potential mold growth you can do the following: