Maggots Found In Airport Sandwich Makes Me Consider A Vegan Lifestyle Change

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Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 8.34.13 AMAll you vegetarian and vegan parents out there! Have you ever found insects in your food? I need to know these things. I know I have seen stories where a cute little tiny frog has been discovered in boxed salad blends of leafy green euro-mixes but I need to know specifically about BUGS. This is one of those stories where my lovely boss Koa Beck will raise one perfectly groomed eyebrow at me and ask me what my parenting angle is, because at Mommyish us writers are supposed to have a parenting angle, so Koa here is my parenting angle:

AS A MOTHER with three children who need me to be paying attention today and all awake after reading this story I was so grossed out I couldn’t even finish my beautiful Nespresso coffee which means I will be a CRANKY mother today.

I have to share this story with our Mommyish readers because I need others to be as grossed out as I am! This is a public service I am doing here!

A passenger was boarding a flight to Miami from Atlanta when he stopped to buy a breakfast sandwich.  As one does. I have done this especially when my kids (parenting angle!) are with me because airplane food is usually barfy and kids are always hungry. From WSBTV:

The passenger told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri he bought a sandwich at an airport restaurant Wednesday morning. When he opened it he said he was stunned to find maggots on it.

Joel Woloshuk says he got out his phone and recorded video of the bugs crawling on his focaccia sandwich after boarding a flight to Miami for work Wednesday morning.

The video shows maggots crawling in and on the food he bought at the Café Intermezzo franchise location inside Terminal B at Hartsfield-Jackson.

“What I thought was parmesan and the parmesan began to move,” Woloshuk told Viteri.

THE PARMESAN WAS MOVING. As a mom (parenting angle) I am in the corner crying hysterically.

The Department of Aviation does its own inspections of concessions monthly and an airport spokesperson told Viteri starting Friday, it’s giving managers of every airport restaurant ultra violet inspection lights so they can independently inspect food shipments.


That’s all great but the parmesan was moving!

This is pretty much the worst. I may never eat anything again. But maybe eating only non-meat products can protect me from this ever happening but I am pretty sure there are also bugs in produce. I hate any bugs that have to do with rot and all that, I am weird about food anyway and when the expiration date shows on the milk I am pretty much dumping it. Now you guys need to make me feel better by comforting me and telling me about being vegetarians so I can be a decent mom today (parenting angle!)

(Image: Markus Mainka /shutterstock)


  1. Cee

    August 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    The parmesan is moving….As an passionate cheese lover, this just made me nauseous.

    • Eve Vawter

      August 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      My amazingly lovely and super sweet EX FRIEND as of now Afrobella just tweeted me a video of andrew zimmerman eating Maggot cheese in Sardinia . I guess this is a real thing

    • Cee

      August 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH, EVE! I’m going to go cry now.

    • Eve Vawter

      August 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm


    • Cee

      August 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I have never been more grateful for “work firewalls.” Morbid curiosity will have me breaking this before lunch time though. Thank glob I am not having dairy for lunch.

    • Rachel Sea

      August 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I don’t think I’m ever going to eat parmesan again.

  2. Rachel Sea

    August 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I found an inch worm in a tub of blueberries yesterday, and I always have to check broccoli for bugs.

    • Eve Vawter

      August 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm


    • Rachel Sea

      August 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I don’t know if I look more closely at my food than most people, or if being served non-food items is my superpower, but I find stuff in my food all the time. I have gotten so many free dinners from restaurants because I find bits of cardboard, or foil, or plastic wrap, or shirt buttons. It doesn’t even phase me anymore. I brought the inch worm outside, rinsed the blueberries, and ate them.

    • koolchicken

      August 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      I tend to be the person who chokes on a bone- regardless if I ordered meat or not. Vegetarians beware…

    • koolchicken

      August 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Broccoli is just buggy. I check mine too. Although I find far more bugs in fruit than I ever do in veggies. Maybe that’s just me.

  3. Alex Lee

    August 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I can’t find any references as to whether maggot bodies fluoresce under UV lighting – so, I’m wondering how effective those ultraviolet lamps will be in helping them find the larvae.

    Scorpions, yes. They glow brilliantly under UV.

    I would be pretty stoked to find a scorpion in my airport food. I’d name him “Logan”.

  4. Paul White

    August 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Oh, you can get bugs in veggies and oats too 🙂 I breed mealworms and dubai roaches (for lizard food) and they live on base diet of whatever’s cheap at the grocery store that week combined with dry oats and dry dog food

  5. Katie L.

    August 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Usually I bemoan the inconvenience of Celiac disease, but now that I know it’s keeping me from MAGGOT SANDWICHES I am incredibly thankful.

    • koolchicken

      August 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Can I second that?

    • Katie L.

      August 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Absolutely. We can stick to our gf snacks and not worry about bad (maggot infested) airport food!

    • koolchicken

      August 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I will pack my snacks in a bento I wasted too much time on, lol.

  6. allisonjayne

    August 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve been vegetarian for 15 years…we did have maggots in our apartment a few weeks ago. Here’s a parenting angle: I put down a plate of half-eaten food on a bookshelf because I had to deal with some crisis (I think my kid fell or something), thinking to myself, “I better remember to grab that plate once this crisis is over!”. Cue a few days later….wondering what that rank smell is…oh hey plate of maggots!

    • allisonjayne

      August 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      What I really don’t understand about the whole thing is how on earth neither of us managed to find the plate before that. We live in a 950 sq ft apartment.
      I can’t recall what the food was (and wasn’t about to be looking under the maggots to check), but it definitely wasn’t meat.

    • Eve Vawter

      August 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Did you throw out the late? I wouldn’t have even touched it. That plate, and possibly the bookcase, would be dead to me forever

    • allisonjayne

      August 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Yep. The plate and fork went right in a garbage bag and I immediately took it downstairs to our dumpster, going “ew ew ew ew ew” the entire time.

  7. Rachelle

    August 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    When I was younger, my Mom was a secretary at a food importation company and happily brought home a bunch of boxes of oat cereal (kinda like Harvest Crunch). I hungrily served myself a bowl and started munching down my raisin crunch until I looked up at the box, saw that it was brown sugar crunch, looked back down at my bowl at the raisins, only to realize I had just had several hearty bites of ant/bug oatmeal crunch.

    I think I projectile vomited. Several times. That week.

    • That_Darn_Kat

      August 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

      And I just vomited in my mouth because you made me remember something. When I was a kid, I woke up one Saturday, poured myself a bowl of cereal, and started eating. Glanced down, saw weird black specs in my bowl. Pulled the bag out of the box and it was crawling with these small beetles. I screamed loud enough to wake up my mom and spent 20 minutes throwing up in the bathroom. It took me YEARS before I’d eat cereal without doing a careful inspection of it. Even now, as an adult, I still glance into the bag before pouring any cereal.

  8. Whitney

    August 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Been vegan for two years Eve! It has been a great choice for me and my family, as well as maggot free!

  9. koolchicken

    August 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I hate to break it to you but you’re probably better off going strict carnivore if your big concern is bugs. Every time I’ve found a bug in my food I was eating a fruit or vegetable, and one truly horrifying time pasta. Actually I’ll never be normal again after that last one. So yeah, I eat a lot of whole cuts of meat…

  10. keelhaulrose

    August 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I shouldn’t tell you what I found in a cucumber I grew in my garden one year.

    It had eight legs. And a sh-t ton of babies.
    I no longer do the gardening.

  11. AStewart

    August 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I was on holiday in Spain before with my parents and breakfast in the hotel restaurant was one of those “serve yourself fruit and yoghurt and cereal; get hot food from the chef” deals. Some kind of oaty/seedy/nutty cereal they had (maybe muesli? Don’t remember for sure) definitely had bugs crawling in it. I thought it was like one random bug had strayed it but it was LOADS. I had forgotten that memory until this point. THANKS A BUNCH EVE.

    I’m not sure if you guys have them in the US, but I found an earwig once in a vegetable (maybe a leek or cauliflower) that I was going to prep for dinner. I threw that shit across the room and ran.

    • Valeri Jones

      August 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Like a real live earwig that will EAT YOUR BRAIN?!

    • AStewart

      August 9, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Well, apparently they won’t actually do that….
      But yes! They’re one of the creepiest insects in the UK, the little freaks.

  12. Brighid

    August 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    When I was 5 months pregnant I had a salad at Costco (was out of town and dying for veggies and nothing but fast food around) and was half way through it when I came across a HUGE dead winged bug. I was hormonal, starving and after that, damn near hysterical. No food is safe!

  13. Tusconian

    August 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Not surprised. I’ve gotten food poisoning 4 times in life, and twice was at the Las Vegas airport. People can rail on about long term health, taste, employee treatment, whatever, but McDonald’s is just about the safest place to eat in an airport. Apparently almost all airport eateries failed health inspections, but high volume fried food establishments have enough turnover and outside influence to maintain a decent standard. One more airport story: my grandma and I grabbed chicken sandwiches from McDonald’s during a layover, while my mother scoffed and got a “healthy” meal from a kiosk. I thought she was going to literally explode the way she got sick. If you can’t deal with McDonald’s/Burger King/Sbarro, bring your own food or eat bagged pretzels.

  14. Portia Mount

    August 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

    A few years ago I was in the kitchen cleaning a whole chicken and chatting with my brother. I pulled that little baggie out that contains the gizzards and out with it also came a – wait for it – six inch hook worm. We both bent down to look at and said “That isn’t a worm, right? It can’t be. That is NOT A worm.” And then, “WTF! It’s a F&^$!G WORM!!” My brother gets out a magnifying glass to examine it more closely and sure enough it had the ringed body, tapered tail and a hook head (I feel like throwing up just writing this). I kid you not, I put the worm in one bag, the chicken in another and took it back to the store. It was a Tyson’s chicken and for ever more, I refuse to eat any thing from that company. I couldn’t eat chicken for years after that little incident. I haven’t been a vegetarian for along time but recently, I’ve been turned off by meat again so I’m back to transitioning to vegetarian with some vegan on occasion. I’ve had it with meat and how over-processed and chemical laden it is. (Oh, and have you heard how they are growing beef in a lab? NICE. Not.) Plus it’s bad for the environment.

  15. chickadee

    August 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Eve is apparently the Writer in Charge of Disgusting Insect Stories.

  16. lesuze

    August 10, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Years ago, I bought a protein bar of some kind (brand long since forgotten) which upon biting into turned out to be chock full of squirmy bugs.

    I expect you’re probably way more likely to encounter bugs in fresh produce than in cooked meat.

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