Energy bars, pasta, flour …
IPIFF, European trade union of insect producers, welcomed the opinion of EFSA, a “big step forward” encouraging “for other European producers of worms and other species of edible insects” also wanting to market food.
According to IPIFF, insects can be boiled, fried, dried or smoked, and ground into powder or flour for use in pasta, nutrition bars, cookies, etc.
Insect-based products (rich in protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, but also healthy fatty acids, omega 6 and 3) can help prevent nutrient deficiencies, and livestock has a limited ecological footprint compared to other sources of protein, says the organization.
Ynsect, one of the French leaders in the production of insect meal for animal feed, has already developed “an ingredient based on deoiled insect proteins suitable for human consumption”, she indicated in a press release, submitting a file to Efsa, but also to the Food and Drug administration, its equivalent in the United States.
The company, which produces insect meal, wishes to offer these ingredients for the manufacture of “energy bars that will help recovery, prepare for effort”.
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