Tuesday, 05 March 2013
Just this past Saturday, a 22-year-old passenger traveling from Burkina Faso was caught carrying 207 pounds of dried caterpillars at London's Gatwick Airport. The passenger told the customs agents that he had the caterpillars for one purpose: personal consumption.
And if you think this explanation is ridiculous because nobody would consider consuming caterpillars, think again! Just last week, French health inspectors found a restaurant preparing caterpillar stew during a routine inspection, according to the Agence France-Presse. The officials tossed out roughly 661 pounds of meat without a source of origin and shut down the establishment citing hygiene violations. The store has been described by the French media as an African grocery store.
Which raises my next question to readers: Would you (or have you) tried caterpillar? If you have, then what are your thoughts?