Apparently the US Dept of Agriculture feels that eating insect parts ( "heads, antennae, legs, eggs and maggots" ) poses no serious threat.
As of January of 2007, the USDA has reduced the required levels of insecticide farmers have to use on their crops. Where they formerly allowed 30 insect parts, or one rodent hair per gram of food - 100 parts or 3 hairs are now permitted.
I read an article recently, stating that we eat one to two pounds of insect parts and rodent filth each year . . . Bon appetit!
TB, That picture is disgusting! One more reason to stay away from processed foods. Oh, and the explanation for nuking to kill weevils?... Might just dissuade me from my further rant on Sailboat microwaves.
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One way to keep the little bugs from growing or spreading is to use air tight containers...
After you had put your product into the container(20# container) add a two inch diameter piece of dry ice. Be sure to do this on the open deck. Size the Dry ice to the size of your containers. You do not want to take large chunks of dry ice down below. This method is otherwise safe to use and in most ports you can get the stuff. Dry ice is solid chunks of CO2 at below -375f and as it warms up turns back to an inert gas. But this trick has been used successfully for about a century now. Nothing hatches.
Put the rest of the dry ice in your coolers that you keep on deck. to keep frozen items frozen. Warning: Do not have large chunks of dry ice down below. It displaces air and that means that you will have a lack of oxygen in your living spaces. Ventilate well if you have made that mistake. And don't enter the space until it is well ventilated.
But it is a good way to keep those pesky bugs in check. Just follow the safety rules when handling the stuff.
Trueblue, you are very right. I happen to be a military health inspector and have a lot of the same training the FDA and USDA gets. They check a sample lot of bread and you are allowed so many bug parts per pound same with meats (so many worms per pound). But as with anything, there are limits and exceptions. Some bugs can make you very ill to eat just a leg or two, so it matters on the bug type. Radiation is the very best way to kill anything in the food and also extends shelf life on a lot of perishables, such as beef. The USDA and FDA are having a hard time trying to sell fact that it's very safe, though.
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