Preventing Maggots From Infesting Your Food 101

Maggot infested meat

Food hygiene is one thing that must be practiced by everyone.

A person may accidentally ingest maggots if they eat spoiled food that has become contaminated with fly larvae. Accidentally eating maggots is generally not a cause for concern, but it can sometimes lead to health complications, such as bacterial poisoning.

A maggot is the larva of the common housefly. Maggots are around 3–12 millimeters in length, have no legs, and are white or cream.

An adult female housefly can lay up to 130 eggs at a time, and each one of these will develop into a single larva. Flies lay their eggs in decaying organic matter, such as spoiled food and animal waste, which serves as food for the developing larvae.

How to Prevent Flies (and Maggots)

  • Always clean up any food and don’t leave any sitting out. Store food in sealed containers.
  • Tie your garbage bags tightly and remove garbage from your house frequently.
  • Flies will lay their eggs in your pet’s food as well, so make sure you change their food fully and don’t just top it up.
  • Keep the dish covered when not in use. Clean out garbage cans thoroughly. Using bleach is probably your best bet. Make sure their lids are always sealed tight.

Maggots can be found in food if it is going bad or is cold enough for houseflies to lay eggs on them.

Below are the heating recommendations for various meat and fish varieties:

CONSUMER COOKING TEMPERATURE CHART for MEATS and EGGS
FRESH MEATS
Ground meats
(veal, beef, lamb, pork, deer, moose, elk or caribou)
71°C
Fresh beef, veal, lamb, pork, deer, moose, elk or caribou steaks, chops and roasts
recommended minimum temperature63°C
medium71°C
well done77°C
Leftover cooked meats74°C or safe to eat cold if properly cooled and stored
POULTRY and GAME BIRDS
Ground chicken and turkey74°C
Whole chicken, turkey, duck and goose74°C
Poultry breasts and roasts; thighs and wings74°C
Casseroles, all stuffing and reheated leftovers74°C 
Fully-cooked poultry74°C or safe to eat cold if properly  cooled and stored 
FISH AND SHELLFISH
Fish and shellfish, any type63°F
RABBIT
Rabbit71°C
HAM
Fresh (raw) ham or shoulder71°C
To reheat precooked ham60°C
EGGS AND EGG DISHES
EggsCook until yolk and white are firm 
Egg dishes; egg based sauces and custards71°C
Reference: Cook: Heat it Up Chart. Partnership for Food Safety Education. May 2011.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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