It might sound absurd but legally, your food is allowed to have maggots in it. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has passed regulations allowing ‘natural defects’ in certain food items.
This means that certain amount of insects, rodent hair or some bugs can be present in the food and it will still be considered edible by the department.
One of the most shocking examples of this regulation is the canned mushrooms. The canned mushroom is allowed to contain up to 20 maggots. It will pass the food inspection if the maggots are 20 or less. Aren’t you shocked by this regulation and do you feel it’s a good thing? Let us know in the comments below.