Bug Problem In Everything We Eat

Melissa Kizer
Features Editor

We all know what it feels like when you find a bug in your salad.

“Yeah I found some in my salad.  It is really disgusting,” said sophomore Justin Sheckler.

There have been a handful of students who have also experienced this.

“I was utterly disgusted when I opened my salad and found a dead lady bug,” junior Janae Gerdom.

Finding bugs in your food is really disgusting, but is it all that bad?  According to the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, there is a maximum number of defect of the food that’s being served.  For example if you were to eat peanut butter, the FDA says there can be a maximum of an average of  3o or more insect fragments per 100 grams, an average of one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams, and a gritty taste and water insoluble residue is more than 25 mg per 100 grams.   This is just in everyday food.  Another example is chocolate. In chocolate there is a maximum allowance of 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams and 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams.  Food we eat everyday contain bugs in them.  Everyone complains about the school lunch, but do we actually know what is in our everyday food not at school?  Finding out there are bug fragments in everyday food is more concerning that finding a ladybug in a salad at school.

“When there is a student who comes up with a bug in their salad, we ask for it back so we can take a picture of it and send it to the manufacturer.  We also offer something else to the student when they find something in their food,” said Laura Dyson, lunch manager.

When contacting Salsa Grille, their methods of making sure no bugs get into their food is that they keep everything clean and monitor all of their dishes and food.

All in all is it that disgusting to find a bug in your school food when there are many insect fragments in your everyday food.  You can find more information about what goes into your everyday food here.




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