I was juicing carrots tonight and was getting rid of (juicing) some older baby carrots that nobody wanted to eat. They felt a bit "slimier" than usual, but smelled fine, and I haven't had any problems with juicing slimy carrots in the past. However after juicing a few of them I looked a bit more closely and noticed that some of them - not all, but maybe 10% or so appear to have a faint white film over part or all of them.
The carrots smell perfectly good, but I am concerned as to what this film might be. Mold maybe? I started scrubbing each carrot off before juicing it but this was taking quite a bit of time, and now I am thinking there might have been some that got through before I started scrubbing.
I have looked in a lot of places trying to find out what this white stuff is, but all I see is a lot of people saying things like "take it back" without giving any reasons to do so and without even attempting to answer the question - is it mold? Some places say the white part is due to the carrot drying out - that can't be the case here, because the carrots are quite wet. Others suggest it is due to the treatment/processing of the carrots. Is it something that will make me sick if I drink juice made from carrots that have this film? Even if it is something that shouldn't be drunk, now I also need to know, what do I need to do to my juicer? Can I just run water through it to clean it out? Do I need to take it apart and scrub down and disinfect all the internal components?