This is no joke - rat hair and insects are just two of the disturbing things you might find in your food

Diners in France recently got more than they bargained for when poppy seed baguettes were found to contain a dose of opium that could take postprandial napping to a new extreme.

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 14:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 14:38 pm
Here are some of the disturbing things you can find in your food

Other than narcotics, there are a host of surprises lurking in everyday foodstuffs that you might not be aware of. Here are some of the less palatable ones. Bon appétit. * Story originally printed by The Conversation. READ MORE: These are the 12 foods which we would usually consider healthy but contain stacks of potentially harmful sugar

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Aa natural flavouring called castoreum is a thick, odorous secretion obtained from the anal glands of beavers. It is used to give a vanilla flavour to some dairy products and desserts
Two cupfuls of cornmeal may legitimately contain up to five whole insects, ten insect fragments, ten rodent hairs and five rodent poop fragments