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A Side Order of Insect Filth with Those Fries?
Would you knowingly eat bugs or
rodent hair? How about insect filth or larvae? Not unless you were starving, you say? Think again. The U.S. FDA
has a guideline for allowable processed food contamination that might make you sick. Look about 1/4 of the way
down this page ("Commodities
and Defect Action Levels") and see what you have been eating! Here's a sampling. Cherries - Insect filth,
average of 5% or more pieces are rejects due to maggots. Macaroni and Noodle Products - Insect filth, average of
225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples; Rodent filth, average of 4.5 rodent hairs or
more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples. Canned Tomatoes - Drosophila fly, average of 10 or more fly eggs per
500 grams OR 5 or more fly eggs and 1 or more maggots per 500 grams OR 2 or more maggots per 500 grams. Yum!