Our expert says:
Not the greatest homecoming... but I don't think you necessarily need to buy a new fridge. As long your fridge works, i.e. it maintains temperatures low enough to keep your food from spoiling, then you should be able to keep using it. Low temperatures are a good way to deter (and kill) maggots, so you shouldn’t get them in a functional fridge.
It sounds like you’ve cleaned your fridge really well, and I wouldn’t suggest using chemical products in it unless you really have to. If you’re worried, though, you could try swabbing down the inside with boiling water before you start using it again.
Be diligent about throwing out any food (not just in the fridge) that’s past its shelf or refrigeration date – this is important for other health reasons too. Organic rubbish should be promptly disposed of, and kept in sealed bags, preferably in a covered container. It’s also important to keep the fly population down in your home, because of course they lay the eggs that produce the maggots. Keeping surfaces clean and keeping food stored in closed containers will help prevent this.
Even if you do actually eat a maggot or egg, it’s unlikely to do you any harm. The maggot is almost certain to be destroyed when you chew it, or by the gastric acid in your stomach. If people eat food containing maggots, the risk is more that the bacteria in the rotting food can make them sick.
One final point: are you sure these are in fact maggots? They could be the larvae of another insect species, which may require different methods to get rid of. If you aren’t sure, and they recur, put one in a bottle and show it to an expert – at a natural history museum, zoology department, health department, or pest control company.
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