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Do You Check Your Child's Airplane Snacks…For Maggots?

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Imagine chomping down on these critters mid-flight.

Warning: if you are eating, have just eaten, or are squeamish in general, you might want to scroll down and skip to the next story.

‘You just never know what is in your food unless you cook it yourself’, my mother has always said. The more stories I hear, the more I am beginning to agree with this statement. Just this past year, we’ve covered multiple stories of alcohol in toddler’s drinks, worms in Capri Sun juice packs, and most recently, crushed bugs in Starbucks’ strawberry frappucinos.

Today’s story may take the cake, so to speak.

Victoria Cleven on a flight to Australia had a little snack on the very long flight home, and while high in protein, she probably wasn’t planning on finding maggots in her airline trail mix. Worse than that (yes, it does get worse),  the NY Daily News reports that she didn’t realize that something was wrong with her snack until she was in mid-chew:

“I felt like hair or something over my mouth. When I turned the light on and looked down I saw white stringy bits. Then I saw maggots crawling inside the pack.”

Luckily, before eating any himself, Cleven’s 15-year-old son Dylan, checked the other two packets of trail mix purchased from the airline, and discovered that they were crawling with maggots, too.

And that’s when technology comes in. How many times have customers found horrible things in their food, tried to alert the company and then told what they saw wasn’t there? Incidentally, Capri Sun is still trying to say that what customers found was mold, not worms, despite the pictures and videos uploaded online which show the worms. Cleven quickly took a video of the maggot infected trail mix and uploaded it on YouTube. (Warning: it’s pretty gross.) See what Cleven had to say via Skype when she talked to Right This Minute.

Of course, there is no way to know for sure what is in any food that is handed to you, and I’m sure this exact thing has happened at airlines, restaurants and grocery stores all over. What I takeaway from this -and all the other similar stories- is that we still have to visually check our food before eating it. I probably wouldn’t have normally looked in the snack bag before digging in, just like this woman. But you can bet, I will from now on.

Do you check every bit of food you give your child? Do you make it a habit to check your own food? What is the grossest thing you have ever found?

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Do You Check Your Child's Airplane Snacks…For Maggots?

  1. bob says:

    Characterizing the carmine extract fool coloring used by Starbucks as “crushed bugs” and lumping it together with this incident is exceedingly disingenuous and alarmist.

  2. Angel says:

    I’m kind of laughing at the beginning of this article, for the reference of “crushed bugs” in Starbuck’s drinks, because they’ve been using it for centuries to color food. Ever had red velvet cake? You’ve eaten crushed bugs. Also, it sounds like weevils, which get into starchy/carb-loaded foods, like flour, and lie dormant while the food is made. Afterwards they hatch and leave a stingy substance behind and eat the food. Chances are, you’ve eaten a lot of them.

  3. Karen says:

    A lot of countries eat grubs and maggots as a source of food. It’s high in protein, low in fat, sustainable and cheap to farm in a very small amount of space. People in the United States need to embrace new sources of food.
    But…finding them in your mouth when you didn’t know you were putting them there…GROSS! I seriously would have thrown up. I hate fly maggots more than anything. Awful.

  4. Adrienne says:

    This recently happened to me. I opened a box of Mac and cheese and boiled the water, poured the macoroni in and cooked. I noticed things floating on top of the water that looked almost like rice. Realized that it most likely was maggots and looked in the empty box and found two live ones still there to confirm! Called the manufacturer and they apologized with what seemed like a scripted response amd sent me a check for the cost of the box. I have steered clear since. I get that stuff happens but still makes my stomach turn.

  5. Kathy Zarr says:

    ORGANIC! I found worms inside whole peppers off the plant. Not that this should EVER happen, but …

  6. Klassi says:

    As a person who grew up grabbing vegetables out of the garden, or home canned foods from the pantry, it’s been a habit of mine ever since I was old to get my own food to check and make sure there wasn’t anything I didn’t plan on eating.

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