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How do Cockroaches find their Way into Our Mass Produced Food Sources?

If you want to see the government at work, pick up some light reading material from the United States Food and Drug Administration. How about the poetically named “Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans”? Let’s call it the F-Dal.

The F-Dal details acceptable levels of maggots, rodent hairs, cockroach pieces, insect fragments, and insect and mammal feces allowed in your groceries. Peanut butter? The F-Dal allows for what it calls, and I’m not making this up, “Insect filth.” In gourmet dining terms that equals up to 30 insect fragments per 100 grams. And just for the record that’s about 90 insect fragments in a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. But wait, wheat flour can have up to 150 insect fragments per 100 grams while ground thyme can have up to 925 insect fragments per 10 grams.

By now your mouth must be watering, and not because you’re hungry. But before you completely give up eating, you have to remember you’ve been chowing down cockroaches your entire life. Cockroaches will be found anywhere there is food and that includes farm silos, feed lots, food processing factories, grocery stores, restaurants, and your own kitchen. Roaches have evolved over millions of years to take advantage of all the food produced by modern society from the field to the table to the toilet.

Unfortunately, some allergists have come to believe that people who have chocolate allergies aren’t actually allergic to the cocoa—they’re allergic to the bits and pieces of cockroach which are part of every candy bar and chocolate egg. And those weird chocolate-covered cockroaches sold is some stores? They have cockroach fragments, too. But it takes 60 insect fragments per 100 grams of chocolate for the sweet treat to be rejected by the FDA.

The good news is that food processing techniques ensure the roaches in your food are dead and the legs, wings, and other morsels are microscopic. Now who wants a whole wheat, peanut butter, and chocolate sandwich?