How Many Insect Parts Are Allowed To Be In Peanut Butter Before It’s Legally Considered Unsanitary?

How much about insect parts do you want to know?

Some impurities will sneak in on tiny feet and wings because, unfortunately, growing and storing food is not a completely sterile industry .

Peanut butter, by federal safety standards, may have up to 210 or more insect fragments per 700 grams, an average-size jar of peanut butter.

But wait, that’s just the insect part.

That same average jar of peanut butter may also contain up to seven whole rodent hairs at no extra charge before it’s considered unsanitary.

For a complete listing from the FDA’s Food Defect Action Levels Handbook, go to http://www.fda.gov

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