A recent video shared on TikTok has stirred both concern and shock among consumers. A Walmart shopper unveiled a disturbing discovery inside a jar of Great Value brand paprika: live insects.
The video, which has already amassed over 2.5 million views, was posted by the user @rt_hemi345. In it, the customer proceeds to open the paprika jar and pour its contents into a deep plate, revealing several insects wriggling amidst the spice powder.
What’s even more alarming is that the product hadn’t expired, indicating that the infestation occurred before the spice reached its expiration date.
The TikToker expressed his astonishment and disgust in the video, writing: “I was freaking out when I saw these little brown bugs in it! You guys need to check your spices even if they aren’t expired. This is gross!!”
According to information from HuffPost, the insects identified in the video are known as cigarette and drugstore beetles.
These pests are common in certain foods, and paprika is especially prone to infestations. Often, these insects can infiltrate products during the packaging process.
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This incident underscores the importance of carefully inspecting food items before purchasing, even if they aren’t past their expiration date.
While stores have quality control measures in place, consumers must be proactive in ensuring their own food safety.
The recommendation to avoid similar situations is to always review products before adding them to the shopping cart and, if any anomalies are detected, to promptly notify the store.