Saturday, February 14, 2009

Is "rodent filth" a flavoring agent?

Q: What do the following have in common?: “insect filth,” “rodent filth” (both hair and excreta pellets), “mold,” “insects,” “mammalian excreta,” “rot,” “insects and larvae” (which is to say, maggots), “insects and mites,” “insects and insect eggs,” “drosophila fly,” “sand and grit,” “parasites,” “mildew” and “foreign matter” (which includes “objectionable” items like “sticks, stones, burlap bagging, cigarette butts, etc.”)

A: According to this article in the NY Times, "the F.D.A.’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition establishes acceptable levels of such “defects” for a range of foods products, from allspice to peanut butter."

Mmmm....yummy! While you read this rather disturbing article, I'll be outside digging up a new garden bed to grow my own.

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