a. General. You, the inspector, will examine the product and note abnormal color(s), odor(s), and/or texture(s) and suspected microbial deterioration. You will identify the cause of these conditions.
b. Causes. Microbial spoilage may be caused by bacteria, mold, and/or yeast; however, microbial spoilage of FF&V is primarily due to mold.
c. Color Changes. The following external color changes are commonly associated with mold growth: blue, green, red, white, black, pink, and brown. These colors may be due to colonies of specific species of mold.
d. Texture. Microbial spoilage may cause the texture to become soft, mushy, water-soaked, slimy, dry, or hard.
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