Is it safe to eat beets after they've been gnawed on by some animal?

Asked September 22, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT

Some animal has been partially eating my beets (not the tops - it's been eating part of the beet itself). Is it safe to eat the beets after they've been gnawed by something?

Ramsey County Minnesota food safety human-wildlife issues

1 Response

It is a matter of personal preference. I, myself, would just cut off the affected part to a solid core and then proceed to cook and eat them. A gopher (probably) taking a nibble here and there will not poison the vegetable.