You Eat Bugs Every Day Whether You Want To Or Not

The FDA's Food Defect Action Levels guidelines allows for certain levels of bugs and other contaminants in food.

You probably eat less bugs than the FDA "allows" but some people are surprised that they allow them at all. Take a look at the list below to see how many bugs you could actually consume. 

  • Pasta may contain an average of 225 insect fragments.
  • A cup of raisins can have up to 33 fruit fly eggs.
  • Fig paste is allowed to have up to 13 insect heads in 100 grams.
  • Up to five fruit flies is allowed in an 8-ounce cup of canned fruit juice.
  • One maggot is allowed in every 250 milliliters of fruit.
  • Up to 2,500 aphids are allowed in every 10 grams of hops.
  • Spinach can have up to 50 aphids, thrips or mites per 100 grams.
  • Broccoli can contain insects fragments and even whole insects.
  • Up to a kilogram of insect parts is allowed in 100 kilograms of chocolate.
  • Up to 19 maggots and 74 mites are allowed in a 3.5-ounce can of mushrooms.
  • Up to 15 fruit fly eggs are allowed in 100 grams of tomato sauce.
  • More than 40 thrips are allowed in 100 grams of asparagus.
  • Hops used in brewing beer can contain more than 2,500 aphids in 10 grams.

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