No, literally... my friend opened a can of worms. Okay, so maybe not a lot of worms but one worm. And one is enough. I'm not easily grossed out but there was just something about seeing that weird flesh colored wiggly perched upon that unassuming Spaghetti-O's can that wigged me out to the nth degree. I tossed out all my tomato sauce laden canned carb supply (soooo sorry, Mr. Boyardee) and went and shook in the corner for an hour. Soon I came to my senses and remembered the allowances the FDA makes for just such accidental ingredients.
Here are some interesting numbers for you:
Pizza sauce may contain up to 30 fly eggs per 100 grams.
Peanut butter may hide 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams.
Chocolate can have 60 or more insect parts per 100 grams.
Frozen berries may contain 60 percent mold.
You can view more about these allowances at The Huffington Post
Is it gross to think about? Absolutely. Is it unrealistic to think that food would be completely free of "additives" such as these? Probably. Will it kill us? Apparently not. We've gobbled down strawberry ice cream and peanut butter by the gallons over lifetimes and we are still here. We swallow bugs in our sleep and inhale our fair share too. Buuuut, I would rather not see it. Not knowing it's there makes it a lot easier to stomach... dontcha think?