British Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly said she scrapes the mould off of jam instead of throwing it away

Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty ImagesPrime Minister Theresa May speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the Guildhall in London in November 2018.
  • Theresa May said she scrapes mould off of jam and eats the jam beneath, according to the Daily Mail.
  • Food safety experts have mixed verdicts on how safe that is.
  • May says she owns more than 150 cookbooks, so maybe she knows what she’s doing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May told her cabinet members that she “scrapes off” mould from moldy jars of jam and eats the “perfectly edible” spread underneath, according to the Daily Mail.

May said that shoppers should use “common” sense to determine whether the jam underneath a layer of mould is safe to eat, according to the Daily Mail.

But food safety experts disagree with her practices.

The Food Standards Agency, the United Kingdom’s counterpart to the Food and Drug Administration, advises that removing visible wouldn’t guarantee that the jam would be safe to eat.


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But Hugh Pennington, a professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, told the BBC that scraping mould off could work depending on the jam quality. Experts also recommend removing some jam below a visible layer of mould, to remove invisible spores.

“Generally speaking, I wouldn’t be worried about the mould doing any harm,” Pennington said. “I would just question how long it has been in the cupboard, but it’s safe to eat.”

May herself is a food enthusiast. She owns more than 150 cookbooks, she told an audience in 2018, so maybe she knows what she’s doing.

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