In a recent incident that has caught the attention of many, a Walmart shopper made a startling discovery in a package of Great Value Smoked Paprika.
The incident quickly gained traction online and has raised concerns about the quality of spices available in the market.
The Unsettling Discovery
As of last Friday, a video that has amassed over 2.5 million views showcases a shopper pouring a package of paprika into a bowl only to find bugs crawling around the powdered spice. The shopper noted,
“I was tripping out when I seen these little brown bugs in it! You guys need to check your seasonings even if they aren’t expired. This is gross!!”
Interestingly, the expiration date has little to do with this issue. The bugs in the video are identified as cigarette and drugstore beetles, commonly found in spices, particularly paprika. These bugs often find their way into the spice during the treatment process.
Tips to Avoid Such Incidents
To prevent such unpleasant surprises, it is advised to inspect the product at the store to ensure it isn’t damaged. If the packaging is clear, look directly at the spice to check for visible bugs.
Moreover, if there is any doubt about bugs in already purchased spices, they can be placed in the freezer for four days before use, ensuring the freezer is set below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
The incident has sparked a wave of reactions from the public, with many expressing their disgust and fear over the discovery. Comments ranged from individuals vowing to discard all their seasonings without inspection to others admitting their fear of finding bugs in their spices.
Some individuals offered advice on preventing such issues in the future, suggesting transferring spices to jars with rubber bands and clasps to prevent bugs from getting in. Others mentioned switching spices to different bottles to spot any lumps or signs of infestation easily.
However, some adopted a more resigned approach, with one commenter stating,
“I just take my chances these days. It ain’t like we making it out alive anyways.”
Unwelcome Visitors in Your Spice Jars
Before you use spices like paprika, cayenne, or chili powder for your next meal, it’s essential to ensure that they are not housing any unwanted guests. According to entomologist Jody M. Green, these pepper-based spices often contain the nutritional elements necessary for several generations of stored product beetles to thrive.
These pests are particularly attracted to products derived from dried sweet peppers or chilies. The most common bugs found in these spices are cigarette and drugstore beetles, which are small, reddish-brown, and can fly. These beetles undergo a complete metamorphosis, and their larvae resemble tiny worms.
To prevent an infestation, it is recommended to inspect spice jars before purchase, check for larvae and beetles inside, and store spices at zero degrees Fahrenheit for four days before placing them in your spice rack. Keeping your kitchen clean can also help in preventing these infestations.
Effective Measures to Eliminate Spice Bugs
Pantry infestations, particularly spice beetles and pantry moths, are common, often facilitated by bulk-food shops and international shipping. These bugs are not harmful but can proliferate rapidly if not controlled. To prevent infestations, it is advised to immediately store all dry goods in airtight containers upon bringing them home.
In case of an infestation, act swiftly to contain it. Infested spices and herbs can be saved by freezing them for 24 to 48 hours, although discarding them is safer. To eradicate the bugs, remove all items from your pantry, discard infested products, and thoroughly clean the cupboards with household cleaners, then disinfection with diluted chlorine bleach.
Store all food items, including cereals, in sealable glass containers for future prevention. Consider using bay leaves as a natural repellent in your storage areas, as bugs detest their smell.
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