Dear mods - appreciate that you may deem this thread to be crossing the “no politics” line and, if so, my apologies and I fully understand if you decide to lock or delete it.
However, on a different (not food related) forum that I lurk on, there was this quote:
"In the US, producers adhere to a Defect Levels Handbook which sets out the maximum number of foreign bodies like maggots, insect fragments and mould that can be in food products before they are put on the market.
For example, US producers are allowed to include up to 30 insect fragments in a 100-gram jar of peanut butter; as well as 11 rodent hairs in a 25-gram container of paprika; or 3 milligrams of mammalian excreta (typically rat or mouse excrement) per each pound of ginger.
In the EU there are no allowable limits for foreign bodies in food products. MPs have told Business Insider they are worried that a UK-US trade deal designed by Brexiteers could open the floodgates to contaminated food."
Just wondering, before I re-quote it elsewhere, if anyone can confirm that the story is accurate from the US perspective. I’m aware that, in the EU, “foreign bodies”, such as rat shit, are not permitted under our food regulations.