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Re: How many insect parts are found in one average can of peanut butter?

Date: Tue Feb 19 17:56:48 2002
Posted By: Robert LaBudde, Staff, Food science, Least Cost Formulations, Ltd.
Area of science: Other
ID: 1014138698.Ot

Most food products that come from farm crops are allowed to have some 
amount of insect pieces because they cannot be totally removed from the 

The amount of insect pieces, stones, and other natural "defects" are 
controlled by the Food and Drug Administration.

All of the "Defect Action Levels" for regulated foods can be found at:

For peanut butter, you will find the maximum number of insect "filth" 
fragments allowed is 30 per 100 g (about 4 ounces).

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