If the thought of sharing your picnic lunch with ants makes you squeamish, you won’t be happy to hear how many bugs make it into the foods you eat each day. From the farm to the industrial kitchen to the packaging plant, there are many opportunities for insects and other creatures to enter our food supply. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes that it would be impossible to keep foods completely free of contamination from the insects that inhabit our world. Therefore, the FDA puts out a Defect Levels Handbook outlining the allowable quantities of infestation in your food supply
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries grow near the ground or on bushes. Insects that enjoy these fruits may tag along as the berries are picked, cleaned, and then frozen or canned. You probably won’t notice that your berries contain up to four larvae, or the equivalent of 10 whole insects, per 500 grams. Fortunately, berries are high in the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that ward off heart disease and prevent cancer.
12. Canned Tomatoes
Two cups of canned tomatoes may contain up to 10 fly eggs, according to the FDA. That knowledge may be enough to inspire you to chop up fresh tomatoes to use in soups, sauces, and casseroles. Canned tomatoes also contain the vitamin C, lycopene, and fiber of their fresh counterparts. However, they may also be loaded with sodium. Recently, concern has been expressed over bisphenol A (BPA), which may leach into canned goods from the lining of cans.