Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel can be heard in the Quad Cities on 101-3 KISS-FM and BIG 106.5, as well as in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids on 100.7 The Fox. Thanks for...Full Bio


Here's How Much Disgusting Stuff Is ALLOWED To Be In Your Food

Mark Manuel

According to the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA), it’s “economically impractical to grow, process, or harvest raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects.” Since they’re unavoidable, there are officially “acceptable” amounts of some really nasty stuff going into what you eat every day. Here’s a meal-by-meal rundown of some examples.


  • There can be an average of “10 milligrams of animal poop per pound” in coffee beans, along with 4-6% allowed to be moldy or “insect-infested.”
  • Every teaspoon of black pepper can have “40 insect fragments” and a “smidgen of rodent hair.”
  • Fruit flies can get caught in the freezer truck or trapped during processing of fruit.


  • Per 100 grams, peanut butter can have “an average of one or more rodent hairs” and “30 or so insect fragments.”
  • Apple butter can contain 12% mold and cherry jam can have 30%.
  • Golden raisins can have “an average of 35 fruit fly eggs” and “10 or more whole insects or fragments” for every eight ounces.


  • Every 16-oz. box of spaghetti can have “450 insect parts and 30 rodent hairs.”
  • The FDA only allows “2 maggots per 16-oz. can” of tomato juice.
  • In a 4-oz. can of mushrooms, there can be “an average of 20 maggots of any size.”
  • Canned or frozen spinach is allowed “an average of 50 aphids.”

Sooooo....what’s for dinner?

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