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Mouldy food in fridge with baby bottles.

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Talkabtit101 · 29/03/2021 18:45

So cut a long story short, went into the fridge of my friends house, ( we live next door and I'm part of her support bubble ) and she keeps her premade bottles in there. Her child is 16m and still on a lot of milk, however in the door opposite where she keeps the bottles was a mouldy bell pepper, with fuzz on it.

I mentioned it to her and she got up and threw the pepper out saying she didn't realise it was there, but it must've been there for a while to grow fuzz. I mentioned a possibility of contamination to other things in the fridge IE baby bottles. And she brushed it off saying well the tops and lids are on the bottles so it's not going to get into the bottle.

Am I being unreasonable?? I'd have to clean the whole fridge out and re make all bottles if that was me? Or am I just going OTT and she's completely right about nothing being able to get into the bottles.

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ShutUpAlex · 29/03/2021 18:46

OTT. The bottles had lids on.


Boho7 · 29/03/2021 18:47



WannabeOT · 29/03/2021 18:48

OTT, it's just a mouldy pepper fgs


MsVestibule · 29/03/2021 18:50

Definitely OTT! The mould can't jump into the lids.


feathermucker · 29/03/2021 18:50

OTT and rude. What you would do in that situation is your choice. She can do what she likes.


TheWaif · 29/03/2021 18:51

You're being wildly OTT.


GalleryGirl · 29/03/2021 18:51

I hope you didn't make her feel judged. It's a mouldy pepper, not arsenic


sunflowersandbuttercups · 29/03/2021 18:52

Hugely OTT. It's fine.

I doubt she appreciated you commenting on her mouldy food, either!


BernardsarenotalwaysSaints · 29/03/2021 18:53

Incredibly OTT.


EarringsandLipstick · 29/03/2021 18:54

This can't be true? Your poor friend - I'd be mortified if someone connected on the contents of my fridge, and managed to imply I was a bit of an inadequate mother as well.


Talkabtit101 · 29/03/2021 18:55

No, definitely didn't make her feel judged, in fact it was a joke at first as I said might add some extra taste to your next curry.

I mean a massive part of me thought it was highly obvious I was being over the top, but no she didn't feel judged in anyway, and I helped her clean it all up as the mould had spread into the fridge door itself.

I guess I'm just being stupid, the bottles are airtight with a lid on.

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Brakebackcyclebot · 29/03/2021 18:56

Very OTT. I sometimes find mouldy veg (once a liquid cucumber) I've forgotten about in my fridge. Boak. However grim, they can't infect closed bottles of milk.


Justmuddlingalong · 29/03/2021 18:56

How depressing that you see yourself in any way supportive.


Beseigedbykillersquirrels · 29/03/2021 18:56

I never knew mould can jump across thin air and penetrate plastic bottle lids. Every day's a school day on Mumsnet.


Talkabtit101 · 29/03/2021 18:57

We've been friends for over 10 years, she didn't feel judged at all, and thanked me for pointing it out. As she's only a small fridge and she has an 8 year old whose always picking food out the fridge. I was in no way saying she was an inadequate mother at all. She is a brilliant mum, but me personally I'd be a bit cringed out that there was mouldy food in a fridge along with baby bottles. But I'm overly anxious anyway.

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SoWhyNot · 29/03/2021 18:57

Isn’t there a link to an increase in allergies and asthma because of people’s over cleanliness.

I think YABU. Besides, the child is 16mo which is very different to a newborn baby.


nimbuscloud · 29/03/2021 18:59

I'd have to clean the whole fridge out and re make all bottles if that was me? Or am I just going OTT and she's completely right about nothing being able to get into the bottles.

How do you think mould spores would get into the bottles?
And yes - cleaning out the whole fridge because of one mouldy pepper is completely ott.


ImprobablePuffin · 29/03/2021 18:59

You'd clean the whole fridge out AND remake the bottles, wasting what's already there.
It's not your friend who needs help here.


Talkabtit101 · 29/03/2021 18:59

I'm overly anxious, and I did say sorry afterwards for pointing the mould out, to which she then said " no don't be *** could've ate that " and then went on to help her clean all of it up as it had spread to the bottom of the shelf and the inside itself.

She didn't feel judged, and I definitely didn't make her feel bad for it. As I keep saying, it's probably just me being stupid.

But thank you for everyone who agreed, just shows sometimes my worries can run a little too wild.

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LST · 29/03/2021 18:59

Wow massively ott. At 16m my dc were sharing things with the dog.


nimbuscloud · 29/03/2021 19:08

I routinely cut the mouldy bits off veg
I hate food waste


chalktheblockwithglitterchalk · 29/03/2021 19:19

Completely OTT


IAmMeThisIsI · 29/03/2021 19:36

You helped her clean the fridge out? She probably felt judged as you were both scrubbing out her fridge even if she didn't admit it. However, OP, you made a mistake that's all. You're only human. It happens. I would have just grabbed the offending pepper and threw it in the bin. Job done. No need to make a big deal out of it by BOTH of you then cleaning out the whole fridge. I can tell you didn't mean to sound judgemental or harsh though. You sound like a nice person in all of your other posts. Nevermind, lesson learned. Maybe your anxiety is worth a visit to the GP?


TheGumption · 29/03/2021 19:38

OTT and also none of your business.


YawnyOwl · 29/03/2021 19:40

@lst EWWW, you minger Grin

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