Do you know what created the Food and Drugs Administration or the FDA? It was Upton Sinclair’s criticism of the Chicago meatpacking industry, The Jungle first published in 1906.
The book uncovered sickening evidence about the method of packaging used to pack our most infectious consumables. Since its creation, the FDA is charged with up keeping the standards and safety of the food that we eat. They assure that each and every food we consume like poultry, meat, dairy and vegetables are properly checked and found safe and are also labelled as the same.
Despite all their levels of checking and security, The FDA also has something known as the Defect Levels Handbook. Essentially it is a document that specifics the levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans.
If you are curious enough and have a strong stomach, continue to read our list of 8 foods that seem innocent and you eat almost every day, but contain enough level of gross to make you sick to your stomach.
1 Frozen Asparagus – Beetle Eggs
Asparagus is known to make your pee smell a bit funny after you have had quite a serving of them. But interestingly, they can also feed you something that is not very common, beetle eggs. Sounds yummy don’t it?
Well according to the FDA handbook, 10% by count of spears or pieces are infested with 6 or more attached asparagus beetle eggs and/or sacs are okay for consumption. Meaning if 1 in 10 sticks out a total of 100 sticks have 6 beetle eggs on it, don’t worry, just continue to chomp on it.
Now you know how the asparagus gets it crunchiness.
2 Apple butter – Bugs
The apple butter that you buy with so yumminess in your mind from your local farmer’s market/fruit stand/Whole Foods to spread on a toast can be filled with mites, aphids, thrips, or scale insects. The manufacturers are allowed 5 or less whole or equivalent insects into every one hundred grams of apple butter.
Since an average jar of apple butter is about 250 ml, you can ingest 12 and half insects with your toast.
3 Maraschino Cherries – Maggots
Maraschino cherries are only considered contaminated when 5 in 100 have been rejected for having maggots. You know maggots, the small whitish squiggly things that comp on your food in the garbage that you forgot to take out. Or accidently took out a steak that was sitting in your fridge for 4-5 months and you found something moving on it. Yes, the same things are allowed to a certain limit on your cherries.
Now think about them when you drink you next milkshake or cocktail.
4 Cinnamon – Rodent Hairs
The FDA handbook allows an average of 11 or fewer rodent hairs per 50 grams of cinnamon. So if you were dumb enough to take the infamous cinnamon challenge, you proudly ingested 3-4 rodent hairs, congrats on your feat!
Though the number is itself gross, the thought of hair coming from the most disgusting animal makes the number preferably zero.
5 Ginger – Mammalia Excreta
FDA allows maximum of 3 milligrams of mammalian excreta per pound of ginger. You might of gotton the gist that mamalian means from mamals and excreta means poop. Manufacturers of exotic spice ginger are allowed three milligrams of poop form different mammals.
Though it might not be weighed and added, it’s just a fact that FDA allows poop to be added to things that we add to our food is kind of stomach turning.
6 Macaroni and Cheese – Insect Fragments
Insects are crafty little buggers and due to this fact, they are also difficult to keep out of food manufacturing process. You would be sickened to know that your favorite comfort food, the mac and cheese can contain upto 225 insect fragments per 225 grams of mac and cheese in a container.
Considering that people like chocolate covered insects a delicacy, the thought of comforting yourself with a bowl of mac and cheese containing insect parts doesn’t sound much comforting to us.
7 Raisins – Sand
Sand is present in many things like salt, soups and coffee creamer to keep them from clumping together due to moisture.
But the thought of chewing on sand in a box of raisins just raises the question of what kind of sand was used in raisin and what person thought of adding sand to raisins?
8 Canned Tomatoes – Fly Eggs and Maggots
You might have used canned tomatoes in making Spanish or Mexican food once in a while. You might want to know that not all of the tangy taste in the dish comes from the tomatoes.
As per the FDA handbook, there can be an “average of 10 or more fly eggs per 500 grams OR 5 or more fly eggs and 1 or more maggots per 500 grams OR 2 or more maggots per 500 grams” of canned tomatoes. You would have found some maggots in the can when you opened it. But if given a choice, we would take crushed and grounded insects in our food rather than living and wiggling maggots in our spaghetti.