Foodstuff information - Dried foods


Dried products such as flour, sugar and pulses may rarely contain small insects such as psocids (book lice). These do not carry disease, but they are unsightly and can eat through the paper of the packet. They breed very quickly in warm, humid conditions and so spread into uncontaminated food very quickly.

  • Advised Action:¬†Throw away all affected food, clean cupboards with bleach solution (follow advice on bottle) and dry thoroughly. Store new dried foods in airtight containers. Ensure good ventilation in kitchen/store cupboards and if you wish contact the Food Safety Team for advice.
  • Risk:¬†No public health risk



Last Updated on Friday, April 12, 2019