Are there bugs in peanut butter?

PEANUT BUTTER and jelly are considered by many to be the perfect pair.

There may now be a new couple, peanut butter and insects.

A serving of peanut butter contains about eight insect fragments


A serving of peanut butter contains about eight insect fragmentsPhoto credit: Getty Images

Are there bugs in peanut butter?

Yes, there are bugs in peanut butter.

According to the Food Defect Levels Handbook, 30 insect fragments per 100 grams of peanut butter is acceptable for sale.

That means there are roughly 238 insect fragments in a jar of peanut butter.

In fact, it’s very common for insects to be found in peanut butter.

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The FDA states that it is physically impossible to manufacture food without naturally occurring defects.

Is It Safe to Eat Peanut Butter?

Peanut butter is still safe to eat even with insect fragments in it.

Humans have eaten insects for thousands of years and they are a good source of protein.

The insects found in peanut butter are microscopic and do not pose a health hazard.

The FDA enforces strict guidelines to ensure the foods you eat are safe to consume.

What other foods contain insects?

It is common for insect fragments to be found in food.

Here are some common foods that contain insect fragments:

  • asparagus
  • canned beets
  • Cinammon
  • cherries
  • chocolate
  • eggs
Peanut butter is one of the FDA's most heavily controlled foods


Peanut butter is one of the FDA’s most heavily controlled foodsPhoto credit: Getty Images

Many other foods also contain insect fragments; However, there are more serious food problems than insects.

The FDA also examines food for mold, rodent droppings, and other contaminants.

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