When is it safe to eat moldy food?

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Research from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows Americans are throwing out $165 billion worth of food every year.

You can’t always assume all the mold’s gone just by getting rid of the problem zone. So if there is that little nasty spot on your soft cheese or bread? Don’t even try to cut away the bad part, just throw that entire loaf away.

Just smell it!

Mold has the capacity to contaminate an entire bag or Tupperware container.  If there’s even a hint of it on leftovers, or if it just smells or tastes just a little musty, toss it.

When can I eat moldy food?

So is there anything you can eat after a little moldy spot works its way in?  Yup! If you got anything hard, like a pear, or carrot, hard cheese or cured meat, you can cut around or save away the problem area, and keep on eating.

But, make sure that you repackage the food once you’ve had your fill.  While the mold might not be able to penetrate harder foods as well, the particles swarming around in the old containers, or cling wrap , could start your problem all over again.

The FDA says some can cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and a few, usually found on nuts and grains, could produce “mycotoxins” that can make you sick.


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