By COLlive reporter
The OU Kosher certification has warned consumers to be aware of certain brands of quinoa which may contain booklice insects.
Some brands of quinoa were recently found to contain booklice, the OU said in a statement, and said they are “looking into this matter.”
Accordingly, quinoa should not be used without a thorough inspection, the OU advised.
The method of checking that has been found to be effective is to pour the quinoa into a thirty mesh sifter and agitate for 30 seconds over a white surface. If any booklice are found on the white surface, the quinoa should be discarded.
Booklice are tiny pests that measure barely longer than 1/16th of an inch. They are brown, white, or grey and have six pairs of legs. Normally they live outside in trees, but they are drawn indoors by damp conditions where they can thrive.