Topic 1 How to handle food with mold?

Topic fed by USDA – Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Buying small amounts and using food quickly can help prevent mold growth. But when you see moldy food:

  • Don’t sniff the moldy item. This can cause respiratory trouble.
  • If food is covered with mold, discard it. Put it into a small paper bag or wrap it in plastic and dispose in a covered trash can that children and animals can’t get into.
  • Clean the refrigerator or pantry at the spot where the food was stored.
  • Check nearby items the moldy food might have touched. Mold spreads quickly in fruits and vegetables.

Man holding infected and rotten pear closeup

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