A lot of the food we eat comes from nature, a place with a lot of creatures and dirt and stuff which can sometimes get into your food. The U.S. Food and Drug administration says it’s “economically impractical” to produce food that’s free of “non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects” and set up these guidelines for the amount of “defects” that can be in food without it being hazardous to your health.
1. Raisins with fruit fly eggs
Raisins are allowed to have up to 34 fruit fly eggs per 10 ounces.
2. Macaroni and rat hair
Up to 4.4 rodent hairs per 225 grams allowed in noodles.
3. Moldy apples
Things made from apples are allowed to have a mold count of up to 11 percent.
4. Sandy peanut butter
Peanut butter is allowed to have up to 25mg of sand per 100 grams.
5. Mushroom maggots
Canned mushrooms are allowed to have up to 19 maggots of any size per 100 grams.
6. Tomato sauce with baby bugs
Tomato sauce is allowed to have up to 14 fruit fly eggs per 100 grams.
7. Crunchy spices
Ground thyme is allowed to have up to 325 insect “fragments” (body parts, feces, etc.) per 10 grams.
8. Chocolate covered bug legs
Chocolate is allowed to have up to 59 insect fragments per 100 grams.
9. Wheat flour and mouse hair
Wheat flour is allowed to have up to one rodent hair per 50 grams.
The FDA says these defect levels are only the maximum that’s allowed before food is considered “adulterated,” and most food doesn’t have that much rodent hair or insect fragments. And since you’ve been eating it your whole life, it can’t be that bad, right?
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