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Old 02-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Worms in Rice, Water Chestnuts... But What Else?

I read the threads here about finding worms in rice. I had found a worm in jasmine rice a few months ago. Since then, I have been adamant about RINSING the rice beforehand...

What other foods should be rinsed or stored properly to remove/avoid vermin?

The reason I ask: I bought a can of water chestnuts yesterday and as I was chopping them up, I found a different type of much larger worm. This was quite shocking to me as I only knew water chestnuts could have microscopic parasites like tape worms (for which a lot of people say to blanch them first). Caution: image attached

Are these types of "findings" worth reporting to a grocery store or manufacturer, or I should I just accept the fact that we ingest these little guys all the time?

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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That feller would not have made it through the canning process, chances are he came from some fresh veggies you were also prepping.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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Ewww.

Welcome to DC! I would agree with PF.

Here's some appetizing info from the FDA:

http://www.fda.gov/food/guidancecomp.../ucm056174.htm
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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Sorry kind of gross.

The picture is misleading (taken with phone). The worm was probably only 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, and was camouflaged with the water chestnuts in regards to color (was a white translucent yellow). It turned brown.

I know it came from the can because I found it as I was picking out water chestnuts from the can to cut and it was attached to one. Now I know to rinse vegetables even if they're canned.

The only other vegetables I had in the kitchen were frozen ones (shh!) and they were unopened.

Thanks for the FDA link. I was initially wondering if the Asian manufacturers have less stringent operations and somehow it gets here without proper inspection. But looking back at the can, it is the Safeway brand. Knowing that I will give them a call.

Unfortunately now I can't help but feel uneasy every time I eat rice and water chestnuts...
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:57 PM   #5
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Oh, I thought you meant he was alive and he had crawled to the edge of the plate....sorry.

Yup, things need to be rinsed. Watch boxed items, too for bugs...

BTW, welcome to DC glad to have you on board.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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Thank you for the heads up! I'm definitely going to check my water chestnuts before using.

I recall a story where someone bought a sealed bag of lettuce, and there was a live frog in it.

Ah, here it is:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...n_1072236.html

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http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/...-lettuc/nSmnT/
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Thank you for the heads up! I'm definitely going to check my water chestnuts before using.

I recall a story where someone bought a sealed bag of lettuce, and there was a live frog in it.
Okay, no more bagged lettuce for me...
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Thank you for the heads up! I'm definitely going to check my water chestnuts before using.

I recall a story where someone bought a sealed bag of lettuce, and there was a live frog in it.
OH MY GAWD! ::thud, fainted dead away::
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #10
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Ewwww, yuk. Thank G-d I keep kosher and everythting gets checked for that kind of stuff.
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