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Insect In Food……………?

My partner just discovered a massive eariwig in our fresh broccoli packet from tesco
We had eaten this earlier on today after boiling the broccoli
Would the boiling of the broccoli have killed any germs , eggs or anything that the insect may have deposited on the broccoli?
I’m feeling rather sick now at the thought 🙁
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5 Responses to “Insect In Food……………?”

  1. Sawyer says:

    This is why you are supposed to wash fresh fruits and veggies before eating them. Just because most of the time you don’t find any insects on your fresh veggies when you purchase them doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been bugs crawling through it before or after it was harvested. And yes, high temperatures will kill germs.

  2. Sam says:

    Yes, boiling it will have killed the germs and all the icky stuff. Make sure you always thoroughly wash your vegetables, but by boiling it your safe. I work on a vegetable farm, after working there I must say I really trust the local farms in my area, but insects getting on your food is unavoidable. At the farm I work at we are meticulously thorough about cleanliness and making sure nothing like that happens, but every now and again it will, and it won’t hurt you, especially since it’s been boiled, so don’t let it worry you.

  3. Christin K says:

    As creepy as earwigs are, they contain no toxins and won’t have laid any eggs in the food itself. However, here’s something to think about: earwigs like the damp and they eat rotting vegetation. How OLD is that broccoli? And was it kept in the store in a place that was clean? I would seriously wonder about the safety of ANY food you buy at that store–since earwigs should not be crawling into packages of food that they are storing there. It means that there are less than sanitary conditions where the food is stored. It means they have a problem with damp and rotting things laying around–otherwise, there would not BE any earwigs. So before you go back to the store for something else, you probably ought to tell them you found earwigs in your food and perhaps even call the Health Department to have the store checked out. The chances are good that they are storing or recieving fresh produce from places that may not be sanitary or clean–the earwigs may be in the wooden crates the food is delivered in–or it may be a problem at the STORE itself–either way, it’s a good sign that your produce is not clean or being handled properly. An earwig or two may be only a random problem–but if they are buying produce from places that don’t handle fresh foods properly, that can be a WORSE problem–many food-borne illnesses come from such places where food is not handled correctly or the employees aren’t washing their hands or wearing plastic gloves to package it–and that can mean you might be subject to something far worse than an earwig–e.coli, listeria, or botulism–all of which can be fatal illnesses or make you very ill. Personally, I would take it back to the store and complain–or toss it out and buy food from a store you know is clean and trustworthy.

  4. salvator says:

    Yes, don’t be scared! My grandfather says that you need much more to die! We’ll bear you a lot of years again. High temperatures could destroy nearly all the germs. Have you thought to mussels? They have to be boiled to delete the germs probably attached in the dirty sea areas, like a processed transformation. Calm down and don’t fill in with these doubts your brain.

  5. LillyB says:

    It won’t hurt you. Apparently most packaged food contains insect fragments. You should always wash vegetables before you eat them. Nothing survives boiling.

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