Is a Dead Worm in Your Fish Dinner a Health Violation?

One minute you're eating fried fish in your favorite restaurant, and the next you're spitting out worms.

Now, is that a health code violation? If you say yes, you'd be wrong:

Kelly McCoy, a representative with the Sacramento County Health Department said as long as the worm was dead, there was no health code violation committed. McCoy said the discovery is more of a customer service issue.

On average, the Sacramento County Health Department receives about one complaint a month from restaurant patrons who find dead worms in fish, McCoy said.

Problems can arise if the fish is not properly cooked and the worms are still alive. If a person eats a live worm, he can become a host to the parasite. Finding a live worm in cooked fish would show that the fish was not properly cooked, and that would also be considered a violation, McCoy said.

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although i don't think worms are usually the ones in food...a certain level of insect parts are allowed in all types of manufactured food as it is. the primary reason insect parts are removed at any degree is purely cosmetic and not associated with any health hazards.
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