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Moldy foods - research from the USDA   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Thursday, 17 November 2005

Molds on Food

FOOD

HANDLING

REASON

 

Luncheon meats, bacon, or hot dogs

Discard

Foods with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface. Moldy foods may also have bacteria growing along with the mold.

 

Hard salami and dry-cured country hams

Use. Scrub mold off surface.

It is normal for these shelf-stable products to have surface mold.

 

Cooked leftover meat and poultry

Discard

Foods with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface. Moldy foods may also have bacteria growing along with the mold.

 

Cooked casseroles

Discard

Foods with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface. Moldy foods may also have bacteria growing along with the mold.

 

Cooked grain and pasta

Discard

Foods with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface. Moldy foods may also have bacteria growing along with the mold.

 

Hard cheese
(not cheese where mold is part of the processing)

Use. Cut off at least 1 inch around and below the mold spot (keep the knife out of the mold itself so it will not cross-contaminate other parts of the cheese). After trimming off the mold, re-cover the cheese in fresh wrap.

Mold generally cannot penetrate deep into the product.

 

Cheese made with mold
(such as Roquefort, blue, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Brie, Camembert)

Discard soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert if they contain molds that are not a part of the manufacturing process. If surface mold is on hard cheeses such as Gorgonzola and Stilton, cut off mold at least 1 inch around and below the mold spot and handle like hard cheese (above).

Molds that are not a part of the manufacturing process can be dangerous.

 

Soft cheese
(such as cottage, cream cheese, Neufchatel, chevre, Bel Paese, etc.) Crumbled, shredded, and sliced cheeses (all types)

Discard

Foods with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface. Shredded, sliced, or crumbled cheese can be contaminated by the cutting instrument. Moldy soft cheese can also have bacteria growing along with the mold.

 

Yogurt and sour cream

Discard

Foods with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface. Moldy foods may also have bacteria growing along with the mold.

 

Jams and jellies

Discard

The mold could be producing a mycotoxin. Microbiologists recommend against scooping out the mold and using the remaining condiment.

 

Fruits and vegetables, firm
(such as cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, etc.)

Use. Cut off at least 1 inch around and below the mold spot (keep the knife out of the mold itself so it will not cross-contaminate other parts of the produce).

Small mold spots can be cut off fruits and vegetables with low moisture content. It?s difficult for mold to penetrate dense foods.

 

Fruits and vegetables, soft
(such as cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes, etc.)

Discard

Fruits and vegetables with high moisture content can be contaminated below the surface.

 

Bread and baked goods

Discard

Porous foods can be contaminated below the surface.

 

Peanut butter, legumes and nuts (Almond butter is a much safer substitute)

Discard

Foods processed without preservatives are at high risk for mold.

 


 
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