What is the blue mold that grows on bread?

Big blue spots of mold on wheat/brown bread specifically.
Is it harmful to touch/breathe in?

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Chosen Answer:

“Molds On Food: Are They Dangerous?” from the USDA says “Yes, some molds cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. And a few molds, in the right conditions, produce “mycotoxins,” poisonous substances that can make you sick.”

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Molds_On_Food/#2

One blue/green mold that is commonly found on bread is Penicillium but some species of Penecillium make grey or green spots. Not all species from the Penicillium genus make the antibiotic penicillin some species make toxins

Penicillium chrysogenum

http://www.dehs.umn.edu/iaq_fib_fg_gloss_penicilliumsp_camemberti.htm

Rhizopus nigricans (bread mold)

http://faculty.baruch.cuny.edu/jwahlert/bio1003/fungi.html

Rhizopus stolinifera (black bread mold)
Other common bread molds could be Aspergillus, Monascus, Fusarium,
and a whole host of others.
by: gardengallivant
on: 2nd March 10

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5 Responses to “What is the blue mold that grows on bread?”

  1. biancaheartsyou says:

    I thought mold was green?

  2. long live vercingetorix! says:

    Rhizopus..they are a type of fungi..
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Bread-Mold&id=405845

    they aren’t harmful ( unless you eat them..) or are allergic to touching fungi

  3. mark says:

    Its the yeast that turns and the bread creates the mold.

  4. fay aka rum 467 says:

    its not harmful to touch so much as harmful to eat. you should never want to eat mold. its not harmful harmful. its just not good for you youll probably get an upset stomach. at the least. trust and beleive i have experience.

  5. gardengallivant says:

    “Molds On Food: Are They Dangerous?” from the USDA says “Yes, some molds cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. And a few molds, in the right conditions, produce “mycotoxins,” poisonous substances that can make you sick.”
    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Molds_On_Food/#2
    One blue/green mold that is commonly found on bread is Penicillium but some species of Penecillium make grey or green spots. Not all species from the Penicillium genus make the antibiotic penicillin some species make toxins
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/2902232380/
    http://www.dehs.umn.edu/iaq_fib_fg_gloss_penicilliumsp_camemberti.htm
    Rhizopus nigricans (bread mold)
    http://faculty.baruch.cuny.edu/jwahlert/bio1003/fungi.html
    Rhizopus stolinifera (black bread mold)
    Other common bread molds could be Aspergillus, Monascus, Fusarium,
    and a whole host of others.

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