Did you know your food has poo in it?

by admin on February 16, 2009

On the heels of the now infamous peanut butter epidemic it is important to know what levels of filth the FDA finds acceptable in your food. Here are some highlights (or should it be low lights) from the report located at http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dalbook.html.

I must warn you that you probably won’t want to read this right before or directly after you eat.

  • Cherry Jam – Average mold count is 30% or more
  • Chocolate – Average is 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams
  • Macaroni and Noodle Products – Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams and Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams
  • Mushrooms, canned or dried – Average of over 20 or more maggots of any size per 100 grams of drained mushrooms
  • Peaches, canned and frozen – Average of 3% or more fruit by count are wormy or moldy
  • Peanut Butter – Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams and Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams
  • Popcorn – 1 or more rodent excreta pellets are found in 1 or more subsamples, and 1 or more rodent hairs are found in 2 or more other subsamples
  • Canned Tomatoes – 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. (Just for kicks 500 grams = a bit more than a 16 oz. can of tomatoes)
  • Pizza Sauce – 15 or more fly eggs and 1 or more maggots per 100 grams
  • Wheat Flour – Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams and Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams

Just for those (like me) more familiar with American measurements:

3.5 ounces = 100 grams

Need any more reasons to grow your own food or as much as possible? Yep, I’m buying more seeds than ever this year.

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