Allowable Defects

Ho! Thank you, Federal Food and Drug Admin.

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Do you have any idea what’s in your food?  I mean what’s really in there?  Believe it or not, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually has a portion of their handbook subtitled, “Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans.”  Yes that’s right!  The FDA has a standard for allowable defects for the foods you eat every day. If you’re eating right now, I suggest you put the food away!

  • Canned mushrooms are allowed to contain up to 20 maggots of any size per 100 grams.
  • Apples are permitted to contain up to 11% of mold.
  • Peanut butter may have an average of one rodent hair per 100 grams.
  • Tomato sauce may include no more than 15 fruit fly eggs per 100 grams.

First, let me apologize for ruining your appetite. These are just a fragment of the…

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