Bugs, Chemicals and Toxins in Food

JACK DINI | January 12, 2017

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Food is a common necessity in our everyday lives. We constantly have to make decisions about food for both ourselves and our families. There are some little known facts about food. All foods contain chemicals. They also can contain bugs, bug parts and toxins. Let’s start with bugs. We eat many bugs and bug parts without knowing it. Most foods have contaminants. Health inspectors know this and they even allow a set number of bugs, bug parts, and rodent contaminants in foods. These amounts are called DALs or Defect Food Action Levels.1

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