The FDA just released new guidelines for how much NASTY stuff can be in the food you buy, and it covers mold, rat poop, insect parts, and maggots. And, spoiler alert: The answer is not NONE.
Here are a few examples that may make you stop eating for a while . . .
Canned and dried mushrooms. Must have under 20 maggots of any size per 100 grams of canned mushrooms, or 15 grams of dried mushrooms.
Popcorn. Must have less than two rodent hairs in more than half of the subsamples. Also, must have no more than one piece of rat excrement in the subsamples.
Asparagus. Less than 10% of the spears or pieces can be infested with beetle eggs or sacs.
Fig paste. Must have fewer than 13 insect heads per 100 grams.
Canned and frozen peaches. Must have no more than one larvae or larval fragment over five millimeters per 12 one-pound cans.
Pizza sauce. Must have no more than 30 fly eggs or two maggots per 100 grams.
Check out all the food guidelines here.