the law

Yesterday my CEO and I spent the entire day at a cumpulsory course, dealing with food hygiene. After listening to the many laws on how to mark food additives and allergenic substances on menues and, even worse, everything to know about the rapid growth of bacteria, viruses and mold, along with everything about vermins, for hours on end, I never want to eat anything at all. The course was given by a professor of food hygiene and a lady, who inspects restaurants on hygiene for the governement. She did her PhD on pollutants, mussels filter from the sea and store in their bodies. Just stay away from raw oysters! (Apart from the poisonous stuff they store in their bodies, I never considered that they live on in your stomach, being slowly killed by your gastric acids. Some put up a fight and attach themselves to the sides of your stomach for quite a while). And while we are at it, also stay away from anything containing raw eggs and minced meat, when dining out. And in my case, also when dining in, considering the last time I cleaned out my fridge, its door seals, the oven with respective seals, or changed my kitchen sponge. Guess, I just survived that long, because of the sturdy constitution acquired during my rural upbringing.


2 thoughts on “the law

  1. Yep. Throw out any contaminated food stuff (they love rice, flour, muesli, soup powder and the like and are most often introduced in freshly purchased foods, even in sealed packaging, as a surplus free gift from the grocer, but are also able to immigrate for min. 400 m distance from neighbours. Plastic packaging up to 1,5 mm thickness are no hinderance what so ever, not to mention paper bags, which they love.) For oviposition they prefer dark, secluded corners in shelfs, walls, baskets (!) and so on. Look for cocoons of their larvae in any foods, throw everything out. Wash all cupboards and shelfing with vineager based cleaner (both sides) and – most effective – then use your blow dryer on maximum heat on all surfaces for at least three minutes. The heat should kill all eggs and larvae for good. Alternatively, one can also use Ichneumon flys to fight the moths. Their eggs are laid into the eggs of the moths, devouring them. No more moth eggs – no more Ichneumon flys, for lack of food. But I wouldn’t be too sure about replacing moths with wasp flys in my kitchen…


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