Friday, February 13, 2009
Skip This Post If You Ever Plan on Eating Again
Oh the things you can learn from the New York Times! Today's lesson: A maggot or two never hurt anyone.
An opinion piece printed this morning turned my attention to a vomit-inducing pamphlet produced by our very own US government. The title is too boring to print here, but the purpose of the pamphlet is anything but dull. It's meant to list the contaminants allowed in various food products.
What contaminants, you ask? Well here's just a short list . . .
A 100 gram container of Apple Butter is allowed to have up to 4 rodent hairs, a mold count of 12%, and 5 whole insects ("not counting mites, aphids, thrips, or scale insects"). Yum!
The same amount of Fig Paste is allowed to have up to 13 insect heads. (What about the rest of the insects?)
Pizza sauce can contain up to 30 fly eggs, while the oregano used to add a little extra flavor can contain up to 1 milligram of "mammalian excreta" (yeah, that's right) per pound. And you might want to pass on the mushrooms as well. A 100 gram sample is allowed up to five maggots, two millimeters or longer.
According to the Times Op-Ed Piece, "You’re probably ingesting one to two pounds of flies, maggots and mites each year without knowing it."