Extended question : Can mold develop in strong cooling ?
Mold growth, in a strong cooling environment
Yes, due to the strong cooling in the air at high altitudes, mold can develop on the product. Because of that cooling, the dew point in the package drops and condensation takes place. Possibly this condensation is even frozen at that high altitude. After the plane lands, the temperature rises and the condensation will end up on the product. Thereby, the Aw value will increase greatly, allowing the mold spores present to grow. This is also the reason why some areas show growth and others do not, especially where the condensation was present.
Finally, there is no protective atmosphere in the packages and it will not hinder the outgrowth of mold.
Fungi and natural Mycotoxins production
Some fungi can produce mycotoxins. A mycotoxin (from the Gk. μύκης (mykes) “fungus”) is a poison (toxin) produced by an organism of the fungal family, such as mushrooms, filamentous fungi, and yeast. Most fungi are aerobic (they use oxygen) and are found almost everywhere in very small amounts because of their spores. Fungi can grow on crops such as grains, nuts, and (legume) fruits, but can also end up in products made from them, such as bread and peanut butter. More information about mycotoxins can be found in the following ‘mycotoxins hazard table‘.
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