KAWARTHA LAKES-The Beer Store in Lindsay has been temporarily closed after mould was found in the building.
The store, located at 370 Kent Street W was closed at end of business on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021, and is scheduled to re-open Thursday, Feb 25, 2021, according to officials.
“Mould was identified at the beginning of last summer.” Jeff Wilcox, The Beer Store representative told Kawartha 411. “No members of our team expressed any health concerns related to mould.”
It’s unclear what type of mould was found. Officials with the beer Store say they regularly test for Aspergillus / Penicillium, Cladosporium, Epicoccum, Pithomyces, Stachybotrys.
In small amounts, mould spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot they can start to grow according to Web MD. When mould is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. Health experts say if you’re sensitive to mould and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems.
According to Web MD, for people sensitive to mould, inhaling or touching mould spores can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. People with serious mould allergies may have more severe reactions, including shortness of breath. In people with asthma who are allergic to mould, breathing in spores can also cause asthma attacks .
Wilcox says mould is primarily found in the cooler with warm air meeting cool air and in the warehouse. During the summer months, the temperature changes sometimes generate additional growth for a variety of reasons.
The store is scheduled to reopen on February 25th.