March 2016 Moms

Moldy Cheese

So tonight for dinner, I ate some cheddar cheese off the hard block. It had been opened before, but rewrapped in the package and some clear wrap, but it doesn't expire until April. After I ate a little piece, I noticed some white mold on the edge of the block and the end of it. I don't know if the piece that I ate had the mold or not. I am 30 weeks, and freaking out about Listeria. Does anyone know anything about this? Could this harm my baby? Then, I read that Listeria sometimes your symptoms will not show up. Please help, thank you!

Re: Moldy Cheese

  • AlissaLee17AlissaLee17 member
    edited January 2016
    Listeria isn't a fungus...
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  • For real! I need my own bubble, so I can stop worrying! Since listeria isn't a fungus tho, how come listeria can grow on cheese?
  • Listeria can grow on just about any food. It's a genus of bacteria. The food is contaminated by surfaces. You worry about things like cheese or meats from a deli because they use the same machinery and food surfaces for a lot of different foods, so contamination is more likely if they aren't properly cleaning their equipment.
  • Listeria can grown on anything. It's a bacteria. Finding mold on your cheese is gross, but you are fine.
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  • I used to test meat for all sorts of fun stuff, including listeria, from different butcher shops and such. It was a gross job, but I never saw a positive listeria (thankfully).
  • Because it's a bacteria that requires small amounts of water and sugar. That's it. Fresh cheese has water. It's made of milk (a nutrient rich environment) which contains lactose a sugar.

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  • kyraaDkyraaD member
    edited January 2016
    dude, you need to relax. parenting is going to be a real struggle if you're already this worried about such small things. the chances of actually getting listeria is really quite small. you & your baby are fine. but honestly, if you're THAT worried about it, i would be calling a doctor or something instead of hopping on TB & making a post about it.
  • That's what my grandma always told me to do, @oceanchild! No point in throwing the baby out with the bath water!
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  • Right?! I mean some of that fancy expensive cheese is just "moldy" cheese anyhow LOL.

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  • That's what my grandma always told me to do, @oceanchild! No point in throwing the baby out with the bath water!

    Well that depends, is baby moldy? Lick it. If it's sour it's also probably expired. Time for a new one!! :wink:

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  • I'm naturally an anxious person and have been diagnosed with panic/anxiety since I was a teenager. Early on I worried about everything I ate. Then I realized- anything in small amouts is probably not a big deal. You know what really isn't good for baby? Freaking out! That made me change my tune and let me relax a little. Even ate a bite of raw cookie dough and a bit of my husband's medium rare steak. Would I chug a bottle of wine? No. But worrying about Gatorade or moldy cheese isn't helping you or your baby. Hang in there girl! Home stretch!
  • You will be fine. Just cut this moldy part off and if still anxious use this cheese for something you bake (pizza). Even if you eat it, you will be fine, because it is not the dangerous kind of mold. If you see the black or green one, then it is time to throw it away, because it is not tasty any more, but it still edible and fairly safe. Don't forget that you still have a pretty well working immune system
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