Roaches in Coffee

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    Hi! The FDA allows a certain amount of bug and rodent “stuff” in the food and drinks we consume. Apparently coffee beans become infested with roaches. So, it is not a roach or two here and there. Up to 10% of green coffee beans become infested and not just with roaches. Find info here

    This is NOT the limit. Insects and rat hair and mouse poop can be found in chocolate and peanut butter as well. This is not all. According to this article, we eat insects everyday. Here is the list they provide and I have a feeling that this list is not exhaustive.

    ~Pasta may contain an average of 225 insect fragments.
    ~A cup of raisins can have up to 33 fruit fly eggs.
    ~Fig paste is allowed to have up to 13 insect heads in 100 grams.
    ~Up to five fruit flies is allowed in an 8-ounce cup of canned fruit juice.
    ~One maggot is allowed in every 250 milliliters of fruit.
    ~Up to 2,500 aphids are allowed in every 10 grams of hops.
    ~Spinach can have up to 50 aphids, thrips or mites per 100 grams.
    ~Broccoli can contain insects fragments and even whole insects.
    ~Up to a kilogram of insect parts is allowed in 100 kilograms of chocolate.
    ~Up to 19 maggots and 74 mites are allowed in a 3.5-ounce can of mushrooms.
    ~Up to 15 fruit fly eggs are allowed in 100 grams of tomato sauce.
    ~More than 40 thrips are allowed in 100 grams of asparagus.
    ~Hops used in brewing beer can contain more than 2,500 aphids in 10 grams.

    All of the articles I came across maintain that the FDA allows a certain percentage of insects in food which I was aware of but I did not realize that they are in most (if not all) of the food we eat.

    Here is the link to the FDA’s Food Defect Levels Handbook

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