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European Union approves 2nd insect as food, adds migratory locusts to its list

European Union approves 2nd insect as food, adds migratory locusts to its list

The European Union adds locusts to the list of approved food. It is the second time Brussels says an insect is safe for humans to eat. However it follows the approval of dry yellow mealworm larvae of the beetle tenebrio molitor in June. A third species, house cricket, could appear soon.

The European Commission, which approves the migrating locusts as a human meal, states the locusts will be for sale as a snack or as a food ingredient in dried, frozen, or powder form, with the wings and legs removed. According to the European Food Safety Authority, adults of the insect species locusta migratoria are high in protein and pose no safety issues, while they may cause allergic reactions in those allergic to crustaceans, mites, and mollusks.

European Union approves 2nd insect as food, adds migratory locusts to its list

The review is in response to an application from Fair Insects BV. He is a professional producer of mealworms, crickets, and locusts. Dutch firm Protix is the owner. Insect-based goods from the latter are in utilization as pet and chicken feed. The Food Agriculture Organisation identifies insects as a highly nutritious and healthy food source. Insects certainly consist of high fat, protein, vitamin, fiber, and mineral content.

It states insects are food for people on a daily basis. It is in consumption by millions of people worldwide. They were recognised as an alternative protein source under the EU’s new agriculture strategy. As a result it might contribute in the transition to more sustainable food. The permission gets approval under the EU’s innovative food legislation. It was established in 1997 and has resulted in the licencing of algae, new plant proteins, and some foods from other countries. However, more bug applications are in line for approval.