Reduction in pesticide use means that is more difficult to banish insects, mites and worms from crops.
The table below gives examples of the maximum permissible level of contamination for common foodstuffs, according to EU. So next time you sit down for a meal, have a look at your plate – maybe a diet including locusts and crickets is not such a huge departure after all.
Type of insect contamination
Maximum permissible level
Canned sweet corn
2 or more 3mm or longer larvae, cast skins, larval or cast skin fragments
Canned citrus fruit juices
Insects and insect eggs
5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250ml or 1 or more maggots per 250ml
Insects and mites
Average of 60 or more aphids and/or thrips and/or mites per 100 grams
Average of more than 2500 aphids per 10 grams
Average of 925 or more insect fragments
Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams
Average of 150 or more insect fragments per 100 grams