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Is that cheese a little *too* stinky?


We’ve all done it: Opened the package of cheese, noticed a little whitish substance on it, looked over our shoulder, scraped it off and served it.

But we’ve also wondered if that was the right thing to do. And with little ones in the house, that concern has deepened.

So what’s a mom or dad to do? Should we or shouldn’t we rip the moldy crust off the bread and eat it anyway?

Fortunately, ABC News wondered the same thing and asked the experts. (Though, even cooler, there are sensors that can tell when milk’s gone bad or when other food’s been spoiled by salmonella, e.Coli or other bacteria.

First off:

“It may not taste good, that doesn’t mean it’s going to make you sick,” said Michael Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia in Griffin. … “There’s a big difference between spoilage and what’s going to make you sick,” Doyle said. “Often spoilage bacteria will outgrow the harmful bacteria and protect [the food].”

The ones more likely to make you sick are the ones you can’t see or smell, he told ABC.

Check the temp in your fridge: For leftovers, “no more than four days at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees centigrade.” Fresh food can be frozen at zero Farenheit and should be good, more or less, forever. And the 40 degrees F is good for three days with raw chicken, ground beef, cuts of beef and lamb.

The slimy film on food or other visual or aural cues can help you realize that the food is starting to get too warm, however.

So wait until the end of your shopping trip to grab the meat/poultry/fish. The less time it has to get warm, the better.

And good news on the mold front, so long as you’re not allergic:

Most mold that grows on bread or fruits isn’t toxic, according to M. A. Cousin, a food microbiology and mold expert at Purdue University.

So go ahead and cut off that mold.

No one’s looking!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 6:57 pm by Amy Vernon. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, ConnecticutÕs largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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