A Facebook video shows a box of KD mac & cheese littered with small bugs
The video uploaded by Jessica Bailey has been viewed over 1 million times since Friday
Online videos and complaints of bugs in mac and cheese date back to at least 2010
The most common culprit appears to be weevils
A video on Facebook shows a woman who claims to have found bugs in five different boxes of KD Macaroni & Cheese. As it turns out, this viral video is nowhere near the first time people have found bugs in their mac & cheese.
Jessica Bailey posted the video to her Facebook on Friday. Since being posted, the video has received 1 million views. In the video, a friend records Bailey as she shows the box is sealed. She then opens the box and shows the macaroni to the camera. Once she dumps the macaroni into the water, it begins bubbling and little bugs begin floating to the top. The caption reads, “KD had A surprise in every box.”
Her video is not the first to show bugs inside of mac & cheese. In 2010, the YouTube account H Jean posted a video titled “Kraft Dinner bugs anyone??????” According to the video’s description, after finding bugs in a boiling pot of mac & cheese, the couple decided to open another box and check it for bugs. In that box they found live bugs, so they decided to film opening the third box.
How to get your children off Macaroni & Cheese.My wife found dead bugs in a pot of boiling Mac & Cheese one day at the beginning of November. We opened another box and found live ones in that box so I decided to videotape this third box. After emailing Kraft to let them know of this issue, it i now almost the end of the year and no response. I decided to share it with you.
In 2015 the YouTube account Eric Robert posted a video titled “Kraft Mac and Cheese Bugs!!”
I almost threw up when my girlfriend pointed out that our Kraft Mac and Cheese noodles were being boiled with little bugs.
Then in 2017, the YouTube account RRryan 71187 posted a video titled “Breaking news: Macaroni and Cheese has bugs inside of it.” This video shows an off-brand mac & cheese with bugs in it. So it is not just a name brand problem.
Breaking news: Macaroni and Cheese has bugs in side of it. I will never eat or buy it agen i am pls shere this video.
A thread on Complaints Board starts back in 2012 and has complaints of bugs in mac & cheese every year for the past six years. In November a complaint was made claiming to have found maggots in the mac & cheese.
Just made lunch for my friend and I and after eating half our meal we noticed small maggots attached to the noodles. I looked at the date on the box and it doesn’t expire for few more months. I am beyond disgusted with this product. I wanted mac and cheese not maggots and cheese!!!
Another person on YAHOO ANSWERS believed they had found “little worm-maggot things” in multiple brands of mac & cheese.
Why are there little worm-maggot things in boxes of macaroni and cheese? not in every box, but ive seen this like 5 times before. is that just me or does this happen to anyone else? there really small, but theyre still gross! where do they come from? like do they get in the box from your cabinet, or do they get in there from the factories? cause ive noticed theyre not just in one brand…
In all of the videos there seem to be countless comments who have also found similar bugs in their mac & cheese. The most common answer for what these bugs are appears to be weevils, also known as flour bugs since that is where they are commonly found. According to The Spruce, there are several kinds of weevils, although one is most prominent.
There are actually a number of types of weevil, including rice weevils, seed weevils, granary/grain weevils, maize weevils, and bean/pea/seed weevils. But the “true” weevils, with the snout nose, are the granary, rice, and maize weevils.
Weevils differ from normal beetles. Instead of just feeding on the food, they actually live inside the food. Female weevils chew a hole in grain or seed then lay their egg inside and cover the hole. The egg hatches and the larva feeds inside the grain or seed until it is fully grown. Female weevils emit pheromones from inside the seed or grain, so a male is commonly waiting outside the hole to begin reproduction immediately, thus ensuring people continue to find bugs in their mac & cheese.
So these weevils don’t get inside your sealed package of mac & cheese. They were actually inside the food before it was even packaged. While some may find it gross, eating weevils will not hurt humans or animals no matter what stage of life they are in. Weevils can actually be useful to humans. If a weevil feeds on a grain and dies that is a good sign pesticides are present in the grain.