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Potential health risk: Tegrodera blister beetles commingled in salad packaging

Hello, I'm a moderator at What's This Bug and noticed a potential health risk: Within 48 hours, two different individuals reported Tegrodera blister beetles on two different occasions in two currently unrelated locations in the U.S. I know the sample size is small, hence why this is only potential and not conclusive; but given the severity of the health risk, I thought it's better to examine this sooner than later. If this is not a freak coincidence, I hope it's isolated to the harvesting methods of a specific farmer and/or manufacturer. Has anyone heard of such reports as well? P.S. The contact link for the FDA is not working. Also, what is up with the formatting not accepting line breaks?

4th report
* 4th report: Ohio

Going forward, I'm just going to edit the original post so I don't keep bumping this thread to the top.

 
This is getting interesting
Are you able to edit the sidebar in that subreddit? I'm thinking a notice regarding this trend might bring more data points forward.

 
The sidebar can be edited...
...but it's a lot of CSS programming work that I've outsourced. I'm updating the Consumerist of new reports and have explained the seriousness. They understand and agree that it's a serious health hazard and said they will contact the redditors for additional details. One of these redditors have confirmed with me that the Consumerist have contacted them.

I'm in school, so don't have time to coordinate all this, so I hope the Consumerist will continue to run with this. I also don't have time to coordinate updating the sidebar--others are welcome to though!

3rd report in a week
* 3rd report: Also in Illinois

I think it's safe to say that this is indeed a trend and not a coincidence. This is a new health risk.

I've just started communications with the Consumerist to gather details.

That's a little concerning
You probably have enough of a coincidence here to drop a line to the Consumerist and give this some traction--and maybe find a contact with the FDA.

I'd be surprised if we got any submissions at BG, but it'd be worth keeping an ear to the ground in /r/whatsthisbug and /r/entomology.

 
Thanks.
I have sent them an email.

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