After mealworms, EU approves locusts for consumption

The European Commission authorized the placing on the market of a second insect, Locusta migratoria (migratory locust), as a novel food. According to the Commission, locusts will be available in the form of frozen, dried, and powder and are intended to be marketed as a snack or a food ingredient, in a number of food products.

“This authorization comes after a stringent scientific assessment by EFSA which concluded that migratory locust is safe under the uses submitted by the applicant company,” the Commission said.

Products containing locust will be labeled to inform about potential allergic reactions. The Commission said the authorization follows a positive vote, last September, from the Member States to which the application was submitted.

The first authorization of an insect as novel food, for dried yellow mealworms, was adopted last July.

“In various studies, the Food Agriculture Organization has identified insects as a highly nutritious and healthy food source with high fat, protein, vitamin, fiber, and mineral content,” the announcement said.

“Insects, which are consumed daily by millions of people on the planet, were identified under the Farm to Fork Strategy as an alternative protein source that could facilitate the shift towards a more sustainable food system.”

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