A TikTok trend has most of us ready to swear off strawberries. If you wash your strawberries in saltwater little bugs may crawl out of them.
The spotted wing drosophila lays eggs inside strawberries, and once they hatch, will crawl out of strawberries when washed in warm salt water.
“They’re so sneaky that they’re the only pest that can be transported to the grocery store,” Sriyanka Lahiri, an assistant professor at the University of Florida said. “This species is able to make a very fine incision that can’t be seen with a naked eye and lays its eggs in there.”
People on various social media platforms are posting videos whilst washing their strawberries in salt water.
The Food and Drug Administration has an entire guide dedicated towards safe levels of “defects” we eat in food, including the presence of insects. It’s impossible to get rid of all insects from food without using an “insane amount of pesticides,” Lahiri agreed.
Once people started sharing the videos, it began trending with hashtags like #strawberrybugs and #strawberrychallenge because we most definitely need not one, but hundreds of videos showing maggots writhing out of our summer salads.
A global pandemic, murder hornets, and now strawberry bugs.
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