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The European Union has approved the use of powdered crickets in flour-based foods for public consumption, despite a lack of conclusive data on human allergies regarding the insects.
Due to the “inconclusive” allergy data on the bugs, manufacturers won’t have any specific requirements to list the powder in foods’ ingredients.
The new statute allowing the bugs to be used in human foods goes into effect on Tuesday.
Three years ago, the European Food Safety Authority launched a review regarding the use of partially defatted house cricket powder.
The decision to incorporate the insects into human foods comes after the agency found that mass market consumption of the material is “safe under the proposed conditions” of use levels.
Cricket powder will now be permitted in a number of food products.According to the new regulation , those foods include multigrain bread, crackers, cereal bars, biscuits, beer-like beverages, chocolates, sauces, whey powder, soups, and other items “ intended for the general population .”Cricket One, a company that produces powdered bugs, insists that the insects are “nutritionally more efficient” and serve as a more reliable “source of alternative protein” than livestock.The company submitted the original application to have cricket powder included in human foods.The regulation also referenced “limited […]
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