Soft cheeses—think cottage cheese, cream cheese, brie, camembert, neufchâtel and ricotta—should be sent packing if you see mold that wasn’t used in part of the manufacturing process, according to the clinic.
“With these cheeses, the mold can send root threads throughout the cheese,” Mayo Clinic nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky writes. “In addition, harmful bacteria, such as listeria, brucella, salmonella, and E. coli, can grow along with the mold. The same goes for any kind of cheese that’s shredded, crumbled or sliced.”
Eek. OK, definitely throwing those old containers out.