Eek! We really don’t want to go there, but guess what the government allows in our food???
1. Mold in Cranberry Sauce.
This Thanksgiving staple can contain an average 14% mold count in each can.
2. Bugs in Frozen Broccoli
Teeny-tiny pests like thrips, aphids and mites can wreak havoc in both backyard gardens and commercially-grown crops. Frozen broccoli is allowed to contain as many as 59 of these bugs per 100 grams of florets.
3. Rodent Hair in Flour.
Find any more than 1 rodent hair per 50 grams of flour and you’re in trouble. And, yep, that means that it’s perfectly okay for a one pound bag of flour to contain 8 rodent hairs.
4. Maggots in Canned Mushrooms.
Canned mushrooms can contain 19 maggots per 100 grams after they’ve been drained and will still fall within the FDA’s regulations.
5. Pits in Pitted Olives.
Oh, that terrible feeling when you bite into an olive that’s supposed to be pitted and you find, well, a pit. The FDA allows a little more than 1% of pitted olives to contain whole pits or pit fragments.
6. Fly Eggs in Canned Citrus Juice.
Nope, that ain’t pulp — canned citrus can contain up to 4 fly eggs per 250 ml. So, yep, that means that, for every gallon of canned citrus juice, there can be up to 15 fly eggs.
7. Sand/Grit in Raisins.
Sand and whatever the heck the FDA means by the term “grit” can be present in raisins at a rate of up to 40 mgs per 100 grams.
8. Parasitic Cysts in Blue Fin/Freshwater Herring.
Phew! Not every single one of these fish can contain parasitic cysts — just 59% of the catch! What a relief!
Sufficiently grossed out? If you want a little more control over what gets left on your food, try growing your own.