Danish supermarket pulls insects from shelves

By Niamh Michail

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Danish supermarket pulls insects from shelves

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Last week high-end supermarket, Irma, became the first retailer in Denmark to start selling insects – and also the first to stop.

The supermarket began selling frozen grasshoppers, meal worms and moth larvae but removed them after two days.

Jens Jull, head of communications for Irma, told FoodNavigator: “We had a doubt concerning approval for the sale of insects.  It was an internal decision. Our quality department went through the appropriate papers and wasn’t sure if the product had the right approval for the EU market.”

Insects for human consumption – and all insect-based ingredients such as flour – are covered under novel food regulations in the European Union and as yet are not authorised for sale as foodstuff at an EU level.

However the company supplying Irma with its insects was Belgian and there the law allows marketing of novel insects​.

Jull said it had been a novelty product for customers and that Irma had no plans to start selling insects again.

“We don’t want to sell any products if there is a legal doubt.”

In January this year Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain​ (FASFC) produced food safety guidelines for eating insects. 

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Danish supermarket pulls insects from shelves

Posted by Rozalin Kostov,

Again "To be or not to be" in Denmark! Is it
just a matter of the EU regulation to eat or
not to eat insects as part of The New Nordic
Diet of Denmark? I hope Danish people to ask that question.

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