I bought multigrain bread from the store last week (panera brand) and it has white smelly patch.And saw some really big white patches. It smells bad as well. Manufacturing company said its white mold. But they looked different than mold. Any thought would be appreciated?
Mold comes in many different colors and textures. I have seen white, green, black and even orange hues on bread, long haired ones and others that look like dust. The only other possible explanation for white spots may be flour from dusting, but we can safely exclude that here, this bread doesn’t show a floury crust.
In short, if it grows on your bread and smells weird, you may safely assume it’s a kind of mold. Bread is a good, nutritious base for mold spores, especially if it’s slightly damp in the bag. Further id is not required, mold on bread should not be eaten. Discard the bread, wipe the counter or board, move on.