A Side Order of Insect Filth with Those Fries?
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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!