Toss all luncheon meats, bacon, or hot dogs that have visible mold.

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    Do not eat lunch meat of hot dogs with mold on them: Toss all luncheon meats, bacon, or hot dogs that have visible mold.

    Unlike most foodborne bacteria, molds thrive in carbohydrate-rich, acidic environments. Because molds from spores, these dry spores can spread through the air extremely easily. Mold can easily grow on certain foods, so below are some tips for staying safe.

    Food Safety Contributor and author Laila Carter
    Laila Carter is a contributing editor and studies food safety at Kansas State

    The best way to prevent mold contamination is by preventing contaminated foods from entering your household in the first place. Do not purchase foods if there is visible mold. Check by looking through glass jars and checking the tops of produce at the store. Bruised produce is more susceptible to mold, for bruising indicates the integrity of the item is compromised. Regarding meats, fresh and raw meat do not likely have mold growth, but processed meats (cured, cooked, etc.) are not always in the clear.

    Luncheon meats, bacon, or hot dogs need to be immediately discarded for their high moisture content may also indicate bacterial spoilage too. Hard salamis can have normal mold growth, so scrape off excess mold on the surface to be safe.

    Soft cheeses and hard cheeses vary, for hard cheeses are safe to consume so long as you remove the mold and cut off an inch around the spot of mold growth. Soft cheeses, on the other hand, should be discarded if mold was not intended to be a part of the processing technique. Brie and Camembert cheese are examples of cheese that should be discarded if mold is growing on the interior where growth was not intended. Gorgonzola and similar hard cheeses can be treated like other hard cheeses (remove surface mold and cut off an inch around the spot of growth.

    It is important to know that breathing in mold can lead to respiratory issues and in some cases lead to allergic reactions. Some molds produce mycotoxins and ingestion can lead to more severe illnesses. [1]





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