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Mold and Your Food: The Why and What of This Ugly Truth

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on food

Chances are you've encountered it on several occasions in your life — food that has gone moldy. Bread mold is the most common type of food mold people encounter, but most other types of food can develop this fungus as well. How does it occur, and which foods are the biggest culprits? Find out below.

Why Food Develops Mold

Mold is a simple entity that doesn't require much to grow and thrive. Fungus needs just four things to flourish:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Suitable air quality
  • Adequate temperatures

That's it. Every mold is different, too, so even if you reduce risk factors for one type of mold, you risk creating the perfect environment for a second type.

Food is particularly prone to fungus growth because it naturally contains water or another type of fluid. Also, food by its very nature is all the sustenance mold needs to survive. Stick a food item in a dark, cool place such as a cabinet or refrigerator and voila — you've created the perfect breeding grounds for fungus.

Types of Food That Are Most Susceptible

As already mentioned, bread mold is the most common type of food mold people encounter. However, there are several other types of sustenance that develop fungus. For instance, fridge mold can attack cheeses, dairy products, fruits, veggies, jams, jellies, butters, pastas and even meats. Some foods to keep an eye on as they age include the following:

  • Cured meats
  • Jams and jellies
  • Pickled veggies
  • High acid fruits
  • Most cheeses and yogurts

If you notice mold on food, don't try to cut it out or scoop it away. You cannot tell just by looking where else on the food item mold spores have landed. The best thing you can do once you spot mold is toss the item in question. Doing so may mean you have to run to the grocery store sooner than you'd like, but it can also save you from experiencing any adverse effects of ingesting mold.

Is bread mold not your only concern? If your home shows signs of mold growth as well, reach out to your Chesterfield, MO, mold remediation team.

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