Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How many insects did you have for breakfast this morning?

The answer may surprise you...the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has adopted Grade Standards designed to protect American consumers from inferior agricultural products. The standards set legal limits for spoilage or contamination due to insects and other agents. The highest grade is "U.S. No. 1".

In order to qualify as U.S. No. 1 Grade, the commodities listed below cannot exceed the following limits of contamination:

Ketchup -- 30 fruit fly eggs per 100 grams
Canned corn -- 2 insect larvae per 100 grams
Blueberries -- 2 maggots per 100 berries
Peanut butter -- 50 insect fragments per 100 grams
Curry powder -- 100 insect fragments per 100 grams
Wheat -- 1% of grains infested
Sesame seed -- 5% of seeds infested
Coffee -- 10% of beans infested
Yum...extra protein!


daedra said...

Why didn't you put the nasty state for canned shrooms on there?

k@lakly said...

Oh goodie, my milk duds are safe!!

Sarah said...

Yeah I stopped buying canned mushrooms.

Lauren said...

NO! no, no , no.
Oh my gosh.
Ok, dare I ask, what's up with the mushrooms?
P.S. My word verification is:



Sarah said...

20 maggots per hundred grams - that's what's up. And 100 grams is only 3.5 ounces - so you do the math when you look at a can.

Kate said...

man, I hate you sometimes :)

Meagan Vanover, CWP said...

My word verification is CALKSM.

It's kind of like MARXISM, but with caulk.

I just wanted to put that out there.

Lori said...

Not my beloved coffee...I knew the ketchup one though and boycotted it for years.

Have a great weekend!