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Monday, February 21, 2011

Six legged lunch?

This article from the Wall Street Journal discusses how people around the world chomp the same kind of things we step on.

It may be disgusting to you, but the simple reality is some people depend on these for protein. If you are Christian, I note John dined on wild honey and locusts and God did say we are not to make unclean that which He has provided.

If you are not Christian, I tell you that you've already eaten far more exoskeleton entities than you can possibly imagine. Well, if you are Christian you've also done that.

The US FDA has guidelines for the maximum amount of insects parts which are allowed in canned food. Yup.

If you've ever been in a food processing factory you know there is NO WAY they can remove everything that gets into the production lines.

A f'r'instance for you from the FDA website:
BROCCOLI, FROZEN Insects and mites
(AOAC 945.82)
Average of 60 or more aphids and/or thrips and/or mites per 100 grams
DEFECT SOURCE:  Pre-harvest insect infestation

 This is maximum allowed. Anything over this requires action by the company. I also note this is called an "aesthetic" issue meaning it poses no harm to humans, merely looks bad.

And Sue is never going to allow me to come eat at her house again.

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