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Insect larvae on salad leaves

Posted by helen 
Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 23, 2017 08:44PM
If you were to buy a sealed bag of commercial salad greens to find some insect eggs on a leaf would you be upset?

The eggs are small and most definitely not from flies but more like from white butterfly or something else.

While I would very likely throw out the offending leaf I think I don't think I would see it as any more serious than that.

I ask as know someone that this has happened to and she is planning to complain to her supermarket.

Everything that I pick up of my garden has to be checked for wild life, isn't that just nature?

Your thoughts?
J1
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 23, 2017 10:33PM
An occasional small problem is acceptable. For instance, If I found a caterpillar in my supermarket-purchased broccoli, I'd go yeeewww but write it off as the one that got past all the pesticide sprays. If I found a caterpillar in such broccoli every week, I'd complain.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 23, 2017 10:42PM
no biggie would be my attitude.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 03:03AM
I've occasionally found a weed in my bagged salad, I just hiff it out. No big deal really.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 04:13AM
No, it wouldn't upset me.

I agree, it is just nature. I often pick rocket and from the garden to find some leaves with white butterfly eggs laid on them or even a caterpillar. However, I do think that some people, maybe with no gardening knowledge, could be very upset as they are possibly expecting the quality of the sealed and bagged greens to be in pristine condition with 'no unwanted attachments' and a product to be used straight from the bag without any form of scruitiny (or washing). Just my thoughts.
Regards,
Dawn.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2017 06:40AM by Dawn.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 06:19AM
Wouldn't bother me in the slightest. There is no way to prevent every insect, nor is there a way to perfectly clean every leaf.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 06:36AM
It would bother me because I thought you didn't need to wash the sealed bags of salad greens.I probably would have eaten that lot. I won't buy any of that now, too much trouble in that industry lately.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 08:52AM
But Marylew, even if you didn't wash the bagged greens, eating an insect egg or two isn't going to do any harm. I probably eat way more than that from my home garden.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 09:38PM
I saw something on TV the other day and I think it was possibly an ad for an upcoming programme about commercially prepared food, and the main gist was that we unwittingly eat around 1kg of insects, bugs and grubs when consuming canned foods, pickles and chutneys, etc, etc. However, it's one thing to eat already cooked and unrecognisable 'things' without even knowing it and quite another to see the 'live' evidence in our fresh food. At least, you have the opportunity of removing the live wild-life from your pre-packaged salad leaves. No problem!
J1
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 24, 2017 11:40PM
Yes, it was a Fair Go programme where Indian mealmoths were found in all stages (eggs, larvae/caterpillar, and moth) in a box of English stuffing mix by a family in NZ. Normally the stuffing would get eaten while the eggs were unhatched, with consumers being blissfully unaware, but of course the longer it's stored the more likely things start hatching....

Once I found a forgotten and unopened packet of nut chocolate in a relative's cupboard and trapped inside the cellophane wrapping were lots of little winged insects - obviously hatched out of the nuts at some point...

I found this enlightening (and funny smiling smiley ) when I came aross it several years ago:
[www.fda.gov]
It's the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) establishing "maximum levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods for human use that present no health hazard". Some examples from it:

Ground allspice's action level is an average of 30 or more insect fragments per 10 grams ("insect filth" ) and an average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 10 grams ("rodent filth" ). The significance of this is classified as Aesthetic only.

Frozen Brussels sprouts - Average of 30 or more aphids and/or thrips per 100 grams (significance - aesthetic).

Canned citrus fruit juices - Average mold count is 10% or more. 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml (Significance: Aesthetic).

Fig paste - Contains 13 or more insect heads per 100 grams of fig paste in each of 2 or more subsamples (Significance: Aesthetic)

Blue fin and other freshwater herring - 60 parasitic cysts per 100 fish (fish averaging 1 pound or less) or 100 pounds of fish averaging over 1 pound), provided that 20% of the fish examined are infested (Significance: Aesthetic)

Macaroni and noodle products - Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples. Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples. Significance: Aesthetic.

Mushrooms, canned and dried - Average of over 20 or more maggots of any size per 100 grams of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid or 15 grams of dried mushrooms OR Average of 5 or more maggots 2 mm or longer per 100 grams of drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid or 15 grams of dried mushrooms. Average of 75 mites per 100 grams drained mushrooms and proportionate liquid or 15 grams of dried mushrooms. Average of more than 10% of mushrooms are decomposed. Significance: Aesthetic

Potato chips - Average of 6% or more pieces by weight contain rot. Significance: Aesthetic.

Etc.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 25, 2017 02:58AM
OK, so I'm never eating anything, ever again! confused smiley
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 25, 2017 04:53AM
There's probably a good amount of crap (literally!) in your water too, Griz, so you'll be thirsty along with hungry grinning smiley
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 25, 2017 06:21AM
I'm not so worried about insect larvae or bugs, but I do worry about pesticide and fungicide residues so I wash all commercially grown fruit and veges very thoroughly. We are almost self-sufficient in veges now, which is a wonderful feeling.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
March 25, 2017 01:40PM
I must admit I would be freaked by insect eggs on my salad. Although I've intentionally eaten insects on a trip to Mexico (ant eggs are delicious, as are crickets), there's a difference between that and them being where you weren't expecting them, especially when they're labelled as washed. I wouldn't complain to my supermarket, but it would put me off bagged salad for a while.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
April 09, 2017 03:25AM
At a family wedding a couple of years ago, the catering was beautiful BUT there was a caterpillar on my salad!!!
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
April 11, 2017 07:45AM
A few years ago I was at dinner at a friends house and as I was serving myself salad a huge snail poked his head out at me. I got such a fright that i let out a little shriek. It just startled me but did cause some cross words between husband and wife as she had neglected to wash the rocket leaves that he had picked.
Re: Insect larvae on salad leaves
April 16, 2017 11:35PM
Ive NEVER had food poisoning, Im certainly not pedantic about food hygiene either - just what I would call normal.
I would just wash it away, not even throw the leaf away.
Id be more worries about pesticides than insects too.
Vanessa
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