Flour moths as a food, the EU’s first ok

Flour moths as a food, the EU's first ok

Flour moths as a food, the first green light of the European Union arrives for the use of insects as a source of protein.

The European Union has given the first yes to the use of flour moths as food. Note with the scientific term of miller darkness, from now on these insects can be used in food preparation. The edibility evaluation released in recent months by EFSA has been positive, now intervening specifically on this species of insects.

Based on what was stated by the European food safety agency the dialect they may end up on the market in two different forms. The first involves the sale of the whole dried insect, which can be consumed as a snack (like almonds, walnuts or other dried fruit), or reduced to flour (which can be used for the production of processed foods.

Now the final decision goes to the European Commission, expected within next week, which will discuss the matter as part of the strategy Farm to Fork. Through the EU 2020-2030 action plan, the European institutions have included various species of insects among the possible new protein sources with low environmental impact. Eleven those currently being examined byEFSA, including the newly approved use of flour moths.

Flour moths: warnings and allergies

Further indications have come from EFSA regarding the possibility of side effects from the consumption of flour moths. According to the European body, the hiring of tenebrione miller can be strong allergy both for those who are allergic to shellfish and for those suffering from hyperimmune reactions to dust mites.

Source: GreenStyle by www.greenstyle.it.

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