According to an entomologist, Ron Harrison eating your food after a fly lands on it might be very dangerous to your health.
Big and small, flies are bad news, health-wise. And that is why,
ideally, when a fly lands on your food, the best bet is to throw the
food away, especially if it is to be eaten cold.
‘Why?’ You may ask. Here are the reasons:
• Experts say when a fly lands on your food, it doesn’t just dance on
it, it vomits into it. “This is because a fly can’t chew, so instead,
they eject digestive enzymes onto the food before eating it up again,”
says an entomologist, Ron Harrison.
• On average, a fly carries more than 200 forms of harmful bacteria,
owing to their love of landing on items such as rotting food and faecal
• Flies have thousands of tiny hairs on the arms and legs which allow
dangerous germs to transfer to your food if one lands on it.
• “They only need to touch your food for a second for their legs or
the tiny hairs all over their bodies to transfer germs from all those
nasty things they eat onto what you are eating,” Harrison says.
• Flies can transfer serious, contagious diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid.
• That is why it is probably best if you avoid eating things that a fly lands on, Harrison says.
The bottom line: Don’t expose your food to flies.