Harmless, but disgusting


I’m a sucker for peanut butter, so when I heard that it may contain some insect fragments and rodent hair, I was absolutely repulsed. ‘No more peanut butter for me,’ I thought. Nonetheless, I still eat peanut butter almost daily (can’t live without it). But, unpleasant thoughts of bugs and rats occasionally cross my mind as I taste the thick, nutty cream.

It got me wondering, what else may contain unwanted pets. Here are some disgusting “I wish I didn’t know” facts:

  1. Canned pineapple can pack in up to 20% moldy fruit.
  2. Frozen broccoli must have an average of no more than 60 aphids or thrips or mites per 100 grams.
  3. Oregano can legally contain up to 1,250 insect fragments per 10 grams.
  4. Peanut butter can contain one rodent hair per 100 grams.
  5. Cinnamon can carry up to 1 milligram of animal excrement per pound.
  6. Berries can harbor up to 4 larvae per 100 grams.
  7. Up to 10 percent of canned asparagus can harbor asparagus beetles or egg sacs.
  8. As much as five percent of your maraschino cherries can legally contain maggots.
  9. Tomato paste is considered bad only if more than 45 percent contains mold.
  10. Chocolate is tainted when it averages 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams.

Oh and this is interesting (Forbes):

Spending as much time as I do considering, cogitating and digesting food, it’s no surprise that I’ve discovered a number of facts that would  make a person seriously consider altogether abandoning the grocery store and opting for a life of self-subsistence, or, at the very least, pay closer, much closer attention to the ingredient list on their next edible purchase.

So what prompted me to share with you this list of gruesome gastronomic tidbits? You may have heard the recent titillating “tail” of the Illinois lawsuit involving oil company worker, Ronald Ball, who claims that in 2009 he opened a can of Mountain Dew from his firm’s vending machine to discover a dead mouse inside as he took a healthy glug from the soft drink can. Disgusting – yes. Totally and utterly gross – no doubt. But, what is potentially even more troubling than the unfortunate  um…”find,” is what the drink’s maker, Pepsi, recently retorted as it seeks to dismiss the lawsuit which Ball filed seeking damages in excess of $50,000. Pepsi argued that Ball couldn’t possibly have found the mouse – not because the manufacturer’s health and safety measures are so stringent that no rodent could access the tasty brew, but rather because…drum roll…..Mountain Dew contains such powerful ingredients that the rodent would have been dissolved, and rendered to a “jelly-like substance,” and would therefore have not been identifiable as a mouse.

Wow. Pepsi – you really should have just handed over the $50,0000 rather than admitting that stunner.


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