Insects found in boxes of pasta, rice and other household pantry products are often already present when the food item is purchased. The most common grain-eaters are weevils, meal moths and beetles.Know More
Pantry pests that infiltrate households often go unnoticed until the insects are large enough to be seen easily or until their numbers become so great that their activity is unmistakable. While it is possible for the bugs to enter the home from the outside and then multiply, more often their presence in boxes or bags of food originated at a processing plant, storage warehouse, retail store or even the delivery truck.
If insects such as beetles or moths are introduced into the home during their egg, larva or pupa stages, they will likely go undetected until they are adults. Once the bugs are spotted, all possibly affected foods should be discarded and areas of infestation thoroughly vacuumed and washed.Learn more about Food Facts
Food-purchasing specifications refer to the quality, quantity and other important characteristics required in the products or ingredients purchased for preparing a food item. For example, a sirloin steak sandwich needs sirloin steak. The purchase specifications of sirloin steak may include its source, weight, type of packaging, delivery temperature, minimum order and maximum order. For each ingredient in a recipe, there must be a corresponding purchase specification.Full Answer >
It is unlikely for raw pasta to be contaminated with parasites, such as tapeworms, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Parasites are typically transmitted to the host through raw or undercooked foods and water and contaminated soil.Full Answer >
Because there are different varieties of tubular pasta, they have different names, including penne, rigatoni, cannelloni, manicotti and macaroni. Tubular pasta can come in varying lengths and sizes. For example, perciatelli are long pasta tubes, while manicotti are wide.Full Answer >
There are insect parts in peanut butter because The Food and Drug Administration allows certain levels of "natural or unavoidable defects in foods [...] that present no health hazard." Up to 145 bug parts may be in an 18-ounce jar.Full Answer >