The fungi causing black molds in the refrigerator are different from the one that causes mucormycosis.
As the cases of black fungus are on the rise in India, various posts on social media are found suggesting that the black molds formed in a refrigerator can cause black fungus. However, we found this to be far from true.
Molds are part of the kingdom of fungi that live throughout the environment. The fungi that grow in the refrigerator are scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum that produce "mycotoxins" and can cause serious health issues if touched or inhaled. These molds generally grow on material with a high cellulose content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, and paper, and invade the food to live on. However, such molds are less harmful and can make people sick by causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
In contrast, the black fungus is caused by a group of fungi called Mucormycetes. According to the CDC, these molds live throughout the environment, particularly in soil and decaying organic matter, such as leaves, compost piles, and animal dung.
We mark the claim as false as the fungi responsible for black fungus is not the same as those found in the refrigerator.