Maggots in your canned tomatoes? Harmful chemicals in your water bottle? Pork rinds dressed up as health food? You might be shocked, or at least surprised, by what can be found in your food or your food’s packaging and by the labeling tricks manufacturers use to imply that their foods are more healthful than they really are. Not all of these surprises are necessarily dangerous. But a better understanding of what’s in the items you toss into your supermarket cart can help you make better choices. Here are three unsettling food issues to be aware of, along with suggestions for what to do about them:
Bugs in your food
Like it or not, you can find things with legs in many widely consumed foods. The Food and Drug Administration sets acceptable levels for what it calls “naturally occurring defects.” For example, a 24-ounce container of cornmeal can have up to 13 (mostly tiny) insects, 745 insect fragments and 27 rodent hairs.