Regulating Insect Contamination III

Filbert Weevil
Photo:Ryan Kaldari

The FDA sets limits on acceptable insect damage in raw foods. Insect feeding damage on filbert nuts (aka hazelnuts) in the field can lead to discoloration and rancidity. Customers would not wish to purchase the nuts, but the damage can only be detected after the nuts are opened. It would be inconvenient for hundreds of customers to purchase rancid nuts and try to return them or do nothing and lose their money. Purchasing rancid nuts would hurt the market for…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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