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#1 maryr

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 05:58 PM

Hello,
Hope everyone is having a super day. My question is this. We make a washed rind semi- soft cheese which is aged in a cooler for a week. It is washed twice with a B. Linen mixture. A mold appears on the surface of the rind at about a two week time period. The mold is about a pin point black to dark grey mold and is easily scraped off. Does anyone have any idea where it might be coming from? The cheese is stored on trays on a rolling cart in the cooler. The cheese is covered in a 2 ply cheese paper and then a plastic bag covers that. Thank you so much for your input.



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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:06 PM

Perhaps the moisture/humidity in the cooler is too high? Is the cooler properly cleaned out regularly?



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Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:05 AM

Have you tested the mould to find out what it is and swabbed the environment? I know trolley wheels are a great place for micro to happily bimble away untroubled by being cleaned (ie have you washed the wheels on the cart recently?)



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Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:49 AM

Dear GMO,

"bimble" ? :biggrin:

From the babies' urban dictionary perhaps.

http://www.babykind.co.uk/bimble.htm

Rgds / Charles.C


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Posted 29 September 2011 - 12:24 PM

Thanks to both of you for your replies. I do swab the cooler and the carts regularly for Listeria, but that is it. The carts are washed regularly as well. I will send the mold in to be tested. No one else makes this cheese except our company so the acceptable temperature and humidity ranges are kind of unknown but I am going to start monitoring them both. Thank you very much!


Have you tested the mould to find out what it is and swabbed the environment? I know trolley wheels are a great place for micro to happily bimble away untroubled by being cleaned (ie have you washed the wheels on the cart recently?)
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 04:10 PM

FUNNY!



Dear GMO,

"bimble" ? :biggrin:

From the babies' urban dictionary perhaps.

http://www.babykind.co.uk/bimble.htm

Rgds / Charles.C






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