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Bugs invaded my unopened Barilla spaghetti box!!

A few months ago I found Barilla whole grain spaghetti at my regular Target. I was so excited to find them I purchased 2 boxes.

Last weekend we decided to have pasta for dinner so I took a box out of the shelf and opened it. I pour them out into the pot, only to find 10+ tiny black bugs came out the box with pasta and drowned (or cooked) in the boiling water. YUCK!!!!!!

I checked my other unopened box and found the same kind of bugs and they made that box their home!!! DOUBLE YUCK!!!



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They were prob grain weevils they are common in pasta, cereal, flour etc.. but once you've got one box of food infested you will prob have more. The only real way to avoid this is to freeze or refrigerate as much as you can.

sorry this happened. at least you didn't eat it first!
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A few months ago I found Barilla whole grain spaghetti at my regular Target. I was so excited to find them I purchased 2 boxes.

Last weekend we decided to have pasta for dinner so I took a box out of the shelf and opened it. I pour them out into the pot, only to find 10+ tiny black bugs came out the box with pasta and drowned (or cooked) in the boiling water. YUCK!!!!!!

I checked my other unopened box and found the same kind of bugs and they made that box their home!!! DOUBLE YUCK!!!




So sorry for you. I had this happen to me way back in 1995 (feels like yesterday) with Western Family mac & cheese. Only I ate some, my hubby discovered the bugs after I ate. EWWWWW.
Definatly call or email the company. I did not know what to do being pretty young and dumb. I called the store but they offered nothing. Good luck.
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I would call or email the company also, did you save the UPC's? Sometimes that helps. Tell them that BOTH boxes were like that. They want to keep your business, so they SHOULD send you some free coupons.
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We've been dealing with pantry moths (ugh!) and haven't been able to determine where exactly they came from; however, in my research on pantry infestations, I've found that the bugs can make their way into the boxes/packaging anywhere along the route. This means they could have entered at the grocery store and not at the manufacturer. I'd just be a little leery of sticking it all on the manufacturer because it may have been out of their control.
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This has happened to everyone, at least once in their lifetime. Now, I'm not making a sales pitch, but if you put your dry goods in air-tight containers (Tupperware modular mates, some sets are on sale until Oct 24th) this shouldn't happen. The bugs are attracted to the glue in the box.

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We've been dealing with pantry moths (ugh!) and haven't been able to determine where exactly they came from; however, in my research on pantry infestations, I've found that the bugs can make their way into the boxes/packaging anywhere along the route. This means they could have entered at the grocery store and not at the manufacturer. I'd just be a little leery of sticking it all on the manufacturer because it may have been out of their control.

I've had the moths happen too, and it turned out they were coming from an unopened box of pasta.
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yuck.... I'd go check other boxes and make sure there arent any more infesting other food.
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They were prob grain weevils they are common in pasta, cereal, flour etc.. but once you've got one box of food infested you will prob have more. The only real way to avoid this is to freeze or refrigerate as much as you can.

sorry this happened. at least you didn't eat it first!
Or as I learned about 20 yrs. ago, put your dry grain products in Rubbermaid, Tupperware, etc. This solved my problem really quick. Spent big bucks on the Tupperware modular mates, they had just come out. & yes, I still have them & love them!

OK folks, this will sound strange, but 60 minutes several yrs. ago did a story on grain bugs. & you can check this out @ the FDA site: by the FDA's standards, a set amount of bugs are allowed in a certain amount of dry grain as it is processed. Which means that most of them do not die, they multiply. & happens just as it did to the OPer: pour the box of pasta into the boling water, & the bogs float to the top.
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I learned my lesson years ago - every box of pasta, rice or cereal is opened when I get home from the store. Pour contents into gallon size ziplock bags. Tear top of box off and tape it to outside of bag - also any cooking instructions if necessary. No more bugs in my stuff. Also note I buy the bags at BJ's using coupons of course.
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You guys have me flipping a bit here...isn't cereal ok because it's in a plastic bag on the inside? And the new HH we've been getting has pasta in bags on the inside as well...

Pasta I understand. Nothing between it and the box. We store everything down in our basement and haven't had any issues so far, but it's making me leary!
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#1 Grain and Rice Weevils are in there right from the Factory. They are extremely tiny until hatched and are nearly impossible to avoid entirely. You will often discover them in SEALED plastic bags of rice. The factory could irradiate the food, but many people are unnecessarily nervous about irradiated food. In Europe irradiated food is common and accepted.

#2 Grain and Rice Weevils are entirely harmless. They actually add protein to the food. They will float when you boil and are easy to skim off.

#3 We Americans should be very, very thankful for what we have. But most are not. Throughout history our Ancestors were quite glad to have any food at all. If they saw us tossing perfectly good food away because of a few weevils they would be horrified. In fact, most of the World TODAY would be equally horrified, and would eat that rice or pasta, weevils and all, in a heartbeat.

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Just wanted to add to this. I am coming off a horrible pantry moth infestation. It has been a complete nightmare.

I had just done a HUGE grocery shopping at Kroger. Before coupons it was $292 and after coupons, my total was $113 and it was almost all pantry items. I had over 20 boxes of Chex and Fiber One Cereal boxes alone. About a week later I noticed an excess of moths flying around. I had never even freakin heard of a panty moth before this.

Turns out, the nest (you'll know it when you find it) was box of Kashi Crunch I had bought at Walmart about a week prior. They had gotten into 99% of my food. They had even laid cocoons up under the lids of my jarred food, almost every box of pasta, rice and cereal had live moths and/or cocoons in them. I threw away EVERYTHING except canned goods. Between the loss of food, and money spent on traps and professional exterminating, this has cost me well over $400 and my kitchen was a disaster for 2 weeks.

I recently was at the same Walmart I bought the cereal and saw Pantry Moths flying around in the cereal aisle. I told the manager and I sent a Customer Feedback Email to corporate. Bottom line: If there are live moths flying around then they clearly have an infestation of their own.

I have learned that freezing kills moths and weevils. The exterminator said I should put all flour/sugar/grain products in the freezer for 48 hours when I bring them home and then store in airtight containers (as previous posters suggested).

The only good thing is that I had done so well at Kroger that week, I only lost $113 plus what I already had. I can't imagine if I hadn't used coupons and had actually spent the $292 before coupon total! Now I am paranoid and still have a hard time eating cereal
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Just wanted to add that in my online research I've found that the pests are able to get into boxes and bags so ziploc bags aren't really a solution, unfortunately. The only thing that seems to be foolproof is airtight food storage containers.
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