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I was eating a pear when I noticed a small white worm about 1/4 of an inch long with a black dot on the end or head of it . Am I going to get sick? I was able to see one but not sure if there were 2 and maybe I ate one. What should I do?

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Since I am not an entomologist, I cannot tell you the specific pest you've encountered.  I can say that I am unaware of any fruit pests that are toxic.  Insect parts are common in foods and are considered a quality issue and rarely a safety issue.  I would not worry at all. 

Posted on 5 Sep 2008

Brian Nummer
Food Safety Specialist

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