Bugs in Our Food?

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Here's some breaking food news I really wish I hadn't stumbled upon...An article in the New York Times reports that the average person unknowingly ingests one to two pounds of flies, maggots, and mites each year. Ew! Gross!

Controversy over the recent peanut butter salmonella scare has everyone paranoid about food contamination. This panic was heightened when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation of the Georgia peanut company responsible for the scare also turned up evidence that the plant was infested with mold and roaches. But apparently a certain amount of incests and other "undesirable" material (I'll, ahem, just let you use your imagination) in certain foods is permitted by the FDA. In fact, the FDA has published a booklet detailing the exact levels of  "defects" that are permitted in foods from tomato juice to canned mushrooms, from sauerkraut to, yes, even peanut butter.

I was upset when I heard that the average person swallows four spiders in their sleep per year, but this new information is taking bug ingestion to a whole new level! And I object to the use of the "defects" euphemism. Bug parts and mold should be termed something much more alarmist.

Is anyone with me?


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