Filthy Food

Filth levels from U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  1. Chocolate; Chocolate Liquor
    Up to 60 microscopic insect fragments per six 100-gram samples of up to 90 fragments in one sample; or an average of more than one rodent hair in a set of six samples or up to four hairs in any one sample.

  2. Coffee Beans
    Ten percent insect-infested, or moldy.

  3. Fig Paste
    Thirteen insect heads in two 100-gram samples.

  4. Fish (Fresh Frozen)
    Five percent of fish or fillets with "definite odor of decomposition" over 25 percent of fish area; or 20 percent of the fish with "slight odor of decomposition" over 25 percent of fish area.

  5. Mushrooms (Canned)
    Up to 20 maggots per 100 grams of drained mushrooms; up to 5 maggots 2 millimeters or longer or 75 mites.

  6. Peanut Butter
    Average of 50 or more insect fragments per 100 grams. Average of one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams.

  7. Pepper
    Average of 1 percent insect-infested or moldy by weight; or 1 percent excreta per pound.

  8. Popcorn
    Either one rodent pellet per sample or one rodent hair per two samples; or two rodent hairs per pound or 20 gnawed grains per pound, and hairs in 50 percent of samples. Popcorn may contain up to 5 percent field corn by weight.

  9. Spinach (Canned or Frozen)
    In 100 gram samples, either 50 aphids, thrips, or mites, or 8 leaf miners; or in 24 pounds, 2 spinach worms, or worm fragments, whose total length is 12 millimeters.

  10. Strawberries (Frozen, Whole, Sliced)
    Mold count of 55 percent in half of the samples.

  11. Tomato Paste (Pizza and Other Sauces)
    In 100-gram samples, either 30 fly eggs or 15 eggs plus one larva; two larva per twelve samples; or mold count averaging 40 percent (30 percent for pizza sauce) in six samples.


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