See also: Article on Food Safety; Adulteration of food
According to U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulations, ground Paprika is allowed up to 20% mold, 75 insect fragments and 11 rodent hairs per 25 grams, and that Tomato Puree may contain 9 fly eggs and 1 maggot per 100 grams.
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Irradiation was used for the first time in 1963 to sterilize dried fruits and vegetables, in order to stop sprouting and to control insect infestation.