I bet you have heard mixed information when it comes to that moldy cheese or green loaf of bread. So the real question is, what is SAFE to eat?
I found a chart from the USDA that was of course ridiculously long, so I’ll break this down for you and clear up some of this confusion, while having this double as a good cheat sheet, so we can avoid being stuck in the bathroom for 3 days.
This is also a great guide for all those QA managers out there trying to save their product.
Food With Mold:
Luncheon Meats, Bacon, or Hotdogs– Throw them out. 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 the surface. It is normal for these shelf-stable products to have surface mold.
Hard Cheese– 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.
Cheese made with Mold (Roquefort, Blue, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Brie, and Camembert) – Discard if they contain molds that are not a part of the manufacturing process.
Soft Cheese (cottage, Cream cheese, Neufchatel, Chevre, Bel Paese) – Discard. Don’t even mess around with any soft cheese with mold.
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).
Fruits and Vegetables, SOFT (such as cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes, etc.)- Throw it out.
Bread/ Baked Goods– Yeah, get rid of it.
Peanut Butter, Legumes and Nuts– Pitch it.
There is even more of a detailed list on the USDA website. Check it out if you want to get specific, but at least this give you a good idea of what to look out for.
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Shannon Nute, MBA
Director of Communication
ASI Food Safety
www.ASIFood.com (Instant Chat)