Can you see why this muffin is grossing out the internet?

Allison Yee
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

If there’s a bakery treat everyone likes, it’s the humble muffin.

But that might be all about to change, thanks to a somewhat misguided campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, who decided to make a seemingly innocent poppy seed muffin the centre of their campaign about tick awareness.


“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed,” the CDC revealed in a tweet posted last week.

“Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo? Learn how to prevent tick bites.”

A close up of the muffin shows the ticks blending in. Photo: Twitter/CDCgov

If there’s anything that doesn’t go together, it’s food and tiny insects, and naturally, the internet was completely grossed out at this bizarre and unnecessary marriage.

With the photos having the effect of freaking everyone out, rather than having people click through to the website link on tick bite prevention, the CDC was forced to issue an apology.


If only we could un-see those poppy seed ticks…


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