Maggots in Oreos

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Maggots in Oreos?

Maggots in Oreos
Netlore Archive: Viral images purport to show an infestation of maggots or insect eggs in the cream filling of an Oreo cookie made in China.. Image source: unknown, circulating via email

Description: Viral images & text
Circulating since: Oct. 2008
Status: Dubious
Analysis: See last page

Full text:
Email contributed by Niwa, Nov. 1, 2008:

Whenever eat everything, better check it first, last Two-Day XD was reading book on bed, suddenly she heard noisy in the room.

Her roommate just bought OREO biscuit with chocolate taste from 7-11, before she bite it, she saw something strange in the middle cream, got many small holes with white color, she thought it's impossible that OREO got new product with new taste? Is it the sugar? But how come it's looked like this?

Then she took the pack...

It's correct, chocolate taste, not white chocolate and there's no fruit added in it.

Expired? Still long time.

The pack still very good . . .

Is it possible, the look is awful but actually the taste is yummy?

Finally she opened the biscuit. (Sorry for my trembling hand) . . .

Full of white small holes, look like the spoiled eggs as maggot's nest, so disgusting... luckily my friend's eyesight is sharp, how if she has bite it?

Then we investigate via internet.

OMG... actually there's victim on January, and after passing 1/2 year, we still find same product?

Later, at midnight my friend bring 2 biscuit along with its pack return to the 7-11 shop. But the white spots have disappear, it's been dissolved into the cream.

Quickly, my friend opened the pack and took out another 1 biscuit again, opened and there's full of that disgusting thing.

Luckily the shop staff was willing to give the money back, but don't know when the goods will be wiped out from their rack (maybe the staff who in charge in the midnight shift are busier).

He gave us the reason is: the goods are import product, probably there's problem during the process of shipment.

OMG, one of the giant companies with the huge advertisement, why such problem can happens?

How is the OREO production company? Last 1/2 year the same problem has happened. There's no reason for them to not improving the quality of their products?

For all friend who like to consume OREO biscuit, before bite it, hope to open your eyes widely to see beforehand.

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Image #2

Image source: unknown, circulating via email
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Image #3

Image source: unknown, circulating via email
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Image #4

Image source: unknown, circulating via email
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Analysis

Well, then. There are any number of real insect pests whose eggs or larvae might wind up in packaged cookies, including weevils, warehouse beetles, Indian meal moths and biscuit beetles, to name a few.

None of these look much like the flotsam poking out of the Oreo cream filling in the pictures above, however. They definitely aren't maggots (fly larvae), which are wormlike in appearance and more apt to be found feeding on decayed flesh or rotting trash.

Moreover, the contaminated filling in the side-view image looks different from what we see in the open-face view. The first contains two types of foreign objects, one white and donut-shaped, the other dark brown and irregular (see enlargement #1). In the second, blurrier image, only the white objects are visible (see enlargement #2). What could account for the inconsistency?

Further confusing the matter is the fact that the cookies pictured in the viral images, allegedly made in China, scarcely resemble the identical name-brand product manufactured in the United States (see comparison photos). One would would expect to see slight variations based on country of manufacture, but in this case the difference seems rather extreme.

Which brings me to this particularly odd and implausible passage in the text:

Later, at midnight my friend bring 2 biscuit along with its pack return to the 7-11 shop. But the white spots have disappear, it's been dissolved into the cream.

The white spots dissolved into the cream? How is that even possible? Insect larvae don't simply vanish without explanation.

All of which goes to say that there are good reasons to doubt the authenticity of this tale. Could insect larvae infest packaged cookies under certain conditions? Yes. Does the forwarded email actually document such a case? Possibly, but given the discrepancies pointed out above, it's more likely a hoax.

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