Mold In Food: Here Is What You Need To Know

says Comments 1 A U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization report released Wednesday said one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to an annual loss of $750 billion. Above, discarded bread sits along a river in Ahmadabad, India. (Ajit Solanki / Associated Press / June 5, 2013) Also By Ricardo Lopez September 11, 2013, 8:50 a.m. The world throws away one-third of food produced yearly, making food waste the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions behind those produced by the U.S. and China, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization study found 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, contributing to economic losses that total $750 billion yearly. The focus of Wednesday’s report, however, was to examine the environmental impacts of food waste. To that end, the U.N. estimated the carbon footprint of the problem is equivalent to 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. QUIZ: How much do you know about California’s economy? The U.S.’ and China’s carbon footprints are larger; each produces the equivalent of nearly 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide for each country every year. The report’s authors tried to put the food waste into context: For instance, food that is produced but not eaten uses up a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of Russia’s Volga River, the longest river in Europe.

What does mold in foods look like? Signs of mold include fuzzy green or white spots. When mold is growing on foods, the roots can be hard to see even if they run deep. Also, invisible bacteria can grow along with the mold. 3. Does the mold found in the Chobani yogurt pose a public health threat? Mucor circinelloides, the type of mold found in the yogurt, is commonly associated with fruits, vegetables and dairy, the FDA’s Ward says. “It has been reported to cause spoilage like swelling and bloating in yogurt,” she adds. “This mold should not pose a health risk to most consumers,” Ward says. It can act as a pathogen (an agent that causes disease) “very rarely” and “usually only for people with compromised immune systems through inhalation,” she adds. 4.