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Many of us had to read Upton Sinclair’s 1906 denunciation of the Chicago meatpacking industry, The Jungle (fewer among us chose to read it — fine to meet you, too.) The book, which exposed nauseating information about the manner our most infectious comestibles were packaged, spurred the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three months after its publication.

The FDA keeps a file called the “Flaw Degrees Handbook,” which details “[the] levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for people.” To put it differently, the number of mites that can be packaged into frozen broccoli, or the variety of insect heads into fig paste.

The mission of the Section, whose, deems these products innocuous. Out of trust and both ignorance, we are unable of contradicting it. However, we’re capable of quoting Cleveland Brown, looking at the facts and saying: “Oh… that’s awful.”

Read on if you’re interesting, and find the 11 out covertly most obscene common foods.

11. Frozen Asparagus – Beetle Eggs

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According to the Handbook, a surplus occurs when “10% by count of spears or bits are infested with 6 or more attached asparagus beetle eggs and/or sacs.”

To put it differently, if there are 100 sticks, 1 in 10 sticks has 6 beetle eggs on it (60 beetle eggs), then there are too many. 59 beetle eggs? No problemo! Keep on chompin’. Although the 1 additional egg probably makes no difference with regards to health, 1 egg AT ALL is still hella nasty.

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