EU to approve insects as novel food later in year
Insect brands have been buoyed by the news that the European Food Safety Authority is expected to approve the sale of insects for human consumption later in the year.
The EFSA said: "Several insect applications are under the evaluation by EFSA and we cannot anticipate when EFSA will finish it. I think it would be prudent to say that the first authorisation on insects may come in the last term of this year."
If the green light is given, a host of ingredients such as whole or ground mealworms, lesser mealworms, locusts, crickets and grasshoppers would be deemed safe for human consumption.
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