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What are the worm-like particles that appear in tomatoes?

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What appears to be worms are actually the funiculus portion of the tomato seed. They are white and comma-shaped. They protrude from the end of the seed and become detached during handling, thus looking like a foreign body in tomatoes products. They are more obvious in older tomatoes.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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