State inspectors: Albertsons cleans up mold in distribution center

State inspectors: Albertsons cleans up mold in distribution center »Play Video
Albertsons sent KATU this photograph showing that it has cleaned the mold off its shelving.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Albertsons has finished cleaning its Portland distribution center after the On Your Side Investigators uncovered mold growing on shelves where food is stored and later supplied to 104 stores.

Inspectors with the Oregon Department of Agriculture - the agency which inspects food warehouses - found "No mold was observed today on the metal storage racks during inspection."

For months, hairy, white patches of mold grew on racks where packaged meat and dairy products were refrigerated inside the Albertsons Portland Distribution Center - a massive 800,000 square foot facility - located in Northeast Portland. KATU uncovered the mold growth about two weeks ago after receiving an anonymous tip from an Albertsons employee, who shared pictures of the mold.

Albertsons also took steps to prevent the mold from spreading again by adding “Plastic strip curtains … to isolate air activity between the … coolers,” the inspector’s report said.

Albertsons sent a sample of the mold to a lab. It was found to be nontoxic.