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Why Does Mold Grow on Bread?

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Aspergillus Niger is green and pink mold

It’s not uncommon to open your fridge in  Mentone, CA, and discover mold on food you were planning to eat. While everyone knows that mold in your home is an issue that often needs to be dealt with by a mold remediation specialist, mold growing on your food can often be handled by simply disposing of the food item. One of the most common culprits of fungus growth on food is bread mold. Let’s take a look at what causes mold on bread and how to correctly dispose of it if found.

What Kind of Mold Grows on Bread?

There are several different types of fridge mold that you might find growing on your bread. The most common strains include:

  • Penicillium
  • Aspergillus
  • Rhizopus
  • Cladosporium
  • Fusarium

What Causes Bread Mold?

While mold can grow on bread in many environments including your refrigerator, it grows best in moist, warm environments. Since bread is naturally very moist and is often kept in warm areas like the cupboard or on the counter, it easily attracts mold. If you purchased bread that you don’t intend to use right away, the best place to store it to avoid mold growth is the freezer. Also, make sure to seal the bag every time you’re done grabbing a slice.

How Do You Dispose of Mold?

If you find mold on your bread, it is important that you do not consume it and dispose of it immediately. Avoid touching or smelling the mold when handling it, and quickly put it in a plastic or paper bag before tossing it in the trash. Make sure that the mold growth was only contained to the bread and clean the affected area.

Although common, bread mold needs to be disposed of promptly to avoid spreading to other types of food or even parts of your home. Remember to help delay mold growth by sealing your bread and placing it in the refrigerator, or place it in the freezer to prevent mold altogether.

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