Do diswashers remove mould?

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Do diswashers remove mould?
« on: 01/03/2011 05:30:03 »
Lise Sharkey asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Is it dangerous to eat food off a plate that has had mouldy food on it but has then been put through a dishwasher?

What do you think?
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Do diswashers remove mould?
« Reply #1 on: 01/03/2011 18:29:18 »
I would have thought the answer is no; if detergent is used and the dishwasher is run at over 50 degrees C then the likelihood of any pathogens surviving in appreciable numbers (that is, an infectious dose) is extremely remote.

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« Reply #2 on: 01/03/2011 19:29:06 »
If the plate looks clean it is probably clean enough, but I'd put it through the wash again anyway.
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