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Do We Eat Insects?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Those of us who like to eat, and that is just about all of us, have to face an unappetizing reality, the ingredients we cook with, regularly contain bugs. It's not something we like to think about but it is something we need to be aware of. If you do find insects or insect parts in your pantry, the simple solution is to toss out the affected food. If you think you need a professional, give us a call.

Some of you really enjoy cooking.

Believe it or not, the ingredient we cook with regularly contain bugs or their parts.

Just check out these Drugstore Beetles that I found in a package of yeast I recently bought.

So if anyone ever asks you if you've eaten insects for food, you can confidently answer that yes, you have.

We call many of these stored product pests.

During the harvesting, processing, and storage of foods, some of these insects get incorporated into the final product, and then.

So you've probably eaten weevil risotto, and yes, you've eaten flower beetle fajitas.

In fact, accidental insect parts in our food are so common, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publishes a book called the Food Defect Action Levels Handbook, it makes for fascinating dinnertime reading.

For instance, the inquiring reader will learn just how many maggots are allowed in that can of mushrooms.

Not everyone can handle the truth, so I'll avoid the spoiler, get it?

If you find an infested item, all you have to do is dispose of it, no more drastic measures need to be taken.

If you cannot find the infested item, then maybe it's time to call a professional, and if you ever need assistance, call us, seriously, I love weevil risotto.

If you can't stomach the thought of creatures in your food... Contact your nearest Rose Pest Solutions service center immediately for an appointment.

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