Why you should avoid eating what flies have touched

Good news: “fly season” is almost over. With the end of the heat, the flies that used to roam around our living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens will (finally) return to the streets.

And that’s a good thing: because, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts (United States), flies could contaminate our dishes in no time.

Indeed: as explained by Pr. John Stoffolano, professor of entomology and lead author of this work, “we have to pay attention [aux mouches synanthropes] that live among us because they get their nutrients from people and animals that shed pathogens in their tears, feces, and wounds“.

Flies carry (and spread) pathogens

In short: throughout the day, synanthropic flies (they are the large houseflies that do not bite) feed on droppings, debris, etc. And all this “food” accumulates in the insect’s crop: “it is a place made to store food before it enters the digestive tract where it will be transformed into energy for the flyJohn Stoffolano explains.

Yes, but here it is: in addition to its “food”, the fly also carries a certain number of pathogens in its crop. Pathogens that can easily end up in our food if the fly lands on them since the insect (…)

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