Jan 29th 2008 By Michael Rundle
(Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
)According to the FDA, a chocolate bar may naturally contain pieces of insect and rodent hair. How much? Well, they don't consider it "adulterated" unless there's 60 or more insect fragments found in a 100-gram sample. (That leaves quite a bit of legal room for crunchy insect bits.)
Apparently, bugs ride on the tropical cocoa beans all the way to the factory and are never removed from the mixture.
And when it comes to rodent filth, the level of concern, or "action level," is 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams (which may be of concern to you).
Look on the bright side, a little extra protein never hurt anybody.Interestingly enough, chocolate empire Hershey's announced its second price increase in under a year today, due to rising costs and high gas prices.
But now that you know what's in it, will you eat it that often?