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LOS ANGELES (CBS)— Not all moldy foods need to be thrown away.

According to researchers at, mold found on meat products like hot dogs and bacon is harmful. Bacteria, which invisible to the human eye,  may be growing alongside the mold. Foods that have high moisture content such as casserole and yogurt should be tossed at the first sign of contamination. Porous food such as bread and cakes should also be discarded.

But experts say throwing away moldy fruits and veggies is not necessary. Mold has trouble penetrating into dense foods. As long as the fruit or vegetable is firm, trim off a inch around the mold and feel free to munch away.


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