A California home that received a whopping $10 million in federal funding for its slime mold program has been found to contain the mold, according to a report by The Associated Press.
The report, which was based on interviews with residents, was obtained by the AP.
The $10-million program was created in the wake of the 1989 death of the comedian John Belushi and was designed to eradicate the mold from California homes, and it has been credited with eliminating the mold and many other types of mold in the state.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversees the program, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Associated State’s Attorneys Association, which represents the state’s public defenders, released a statement saying the mold is not in any way a threat to the public health.
“We strongly urge the California Department of Public Health and the Department of Housing and Community Development to immediately remove any slime mold from the home or community, and if the mold does survive, immediately destroy it,” the statement read.
“Mold, once contained, is a significant threat to public health and can be harmful to pets, people, and animals.”
A Department of Agriculture spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment, and the Centers for Diseases Control and Treatment did not confirm or deny the existence of the mold.
The AP previously reported on a mold outbreak at a home in Los Angeles that was found to be the result of a contaminated water treatment plant that received $9.5 million from the program.