There Are Bugs In Your Food! Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic

A new study shows there are stink bugs in wine. But what else is in our food? And is eating bugs really that bad for you?

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Corralling stink bugs could lead to better wine
“In vineyards, brown marmorated stink bugs feed on grapes, reducing their yield and quality. And because they are small and blend in, the insects hitchhike on the grapes and wind up in the winery, giving off stress compounds that sometimes affecting the quality of the wine and juice.”

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“In its (falsely) reassuringly subtitled booklet ‘The Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans,’ 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.”

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“Due to what’s described as by Organic Gardening as “a lax food-safety loophole,” the FDA permits a certain degree of insects, such as worms or aphids, so long as their presence doesn’t compromise the aesthetic quality of the food.”

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