VIDEO: Scale Insects on Citrus Fruits

crawlerVIDEO: [Submitted by Rabbi Moshe Bresler] The recently founded issue regarding scale insects being found in the orange juices, can also be associated with other citrus fruits.

In this very recent video you can see a visible citrus scale crawler. It was taken from a grapefruit and is crawling on a dollar bill. You will be able to tell the size of the crawler from looking at your own dollar bill.

The crawler is the stage of a scale after it hatches from an egg – in most species. However, In some species, they give birth to live crawlers.

crawler on grapefruitI have attached also photos of the grapefruit on which the scale crawler was found. As you can see, it is the regular grapefruits we buy in the store.

It may be noted that this is issue is not a new issue, as R’ Chaim Kanievsky has stated in a recent sefer. He stated that his uncle, the Chazon Ish Zt’l, would only drink grapefruit juice after it had been strained.



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  1. If your trying to make an argument as to not drink orange or grapefruit juice then you should show scale bugs in the juice not on a peel. this is not an orange to orange comparison pun intended

  2. With that micrscope apparatus, you can find bugs in any tap water as well as on any fruit or veggie. Why stop with bugs on peel davka??

  3. the point is that when the fruit is squeezed the bugs on the peel can fall in.
    also if you touch the peel the bug may transfer to your hand and then to the food.

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