Bugs belong in the garden, not in my food…yuck!


Bugs in Food

I am getting more and more frightened to eat. I have been “particular” (as my mom called it) ever since I was a little girl. I would inspect everything I ate. It drove her crazy, really.

This is not an easy post to write, because I really don’t want to relive it. It makes my stomach turn. But here goes:

About 12 years ago I went to a fast food place and thought I would be good – I would order a salad (okay, not that good – I opted for the for the fried chicken in it). The salad was so yummy, and the chicken was really tasty. So tasty, in fact, that I decided I would savor it, and not eat all of it right away. I wanted to make sure I had chicken for every bite of my salad. I’m happily chomping away on my salad, when I spied a little green ladybug type of thing in my salad. YES!! I was absolutely horrified. It took every ounce of my being not to upchuck my salad (or as my DH would call it “yawning in technicolor”). I took my salad up to the counter and told the cashier, who really did not seem too concerned. He asked if I wanted another salad. Hmmmm….let me think….NO! I did not want to eat anything else from here. I have not had another fast food salad since. I just cannot. The big bummer? I did not eat all of the chicken first.

This past Christmas, my dad requested his favorite appetizer – almond stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon. They are so good. Trying to be the good daughter, I agreed, and went to purchase the dates at my local small grocery store. The ones in the plastic plates wrapped in plastic wrap were so expensive. I wanted to make a large batch of these, so I looked in the prepackaged section for one of the foil resealable bags. I found them and they were much cheaper, for more product. Wonderful! I grabbed two bags and headed home to start making these delicacies. I got the bacon out, the almonds, and opened the package of dates. I am prying them apart to fill them with almonds, when I see….bugs. Lots of bugs. Not every date, mind you, but a few. I immediately chucked the whole bag and the other unopened bag in the outside garbage can. I sterilized and sanitized for about an hour – the cutting board, knife, etc. Eeeew. I felt bad that I could not make these for my dad. He may never get them again, as I will never touch another date.

About a month ago, I bought some french onion dip in a jar (you know the kind – right by the chips? Not refrigerated). I was opening it for my son’s birthday party and there is a bug – alive – sitting right on top of the dip. This jar was perfectly sealed with a plastic tab around the rim. How on earth does a bug survive in there? The jar went into the outside garbage. This also happened with a block of cheddar cheese I purchased – the bug was right inside.

My house is clean – it is not me. These bugs I am finding are in prepackaged foods. I am so disgusted, and I do not know what I will find to eat if this keeps up. I inspect more than ever, but I am completely paranoid (and rightfully so – wouldn’t you say?).

Have you ever found bugs in your food? It probably is the most disgusting thing ever!




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Jennifer Regan is the owner/editor-in-chief of Eighty MPH Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is active in Brand Ambassadorships and campaigns, and is active in social media, helping brands promote!

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