The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which operates under the auspices of the European Union, said on Wednesday that foods made from the larvae of the common beetle (Tenebrio molitor) are fit for human consumption.
The EU Agency prepared its first inspection report on the basis of an application for EU authorization of foods derived from common flounder beetle larvae.
The resolution gives a green light to the food industry’s use of the powdery mildew, as the Agency believes that insect larval preparations are safe, healthy and high in protein under certain breeding and preparation conditions. The flour beetle larvae are fit for human consumption in whole or in powder form, they said.
„Our Agency’s scientific advice supports the EU and national decision-making bodies responsible for authorizing food products made from these insect larvae on European markets.”Said the EU agency in Parma, Italy.
The widespread use of insect larvae in the food industry has environmental and economic benefits if traditional animal protein sources are replaced by ones that require less feed, produce less waste, and result in less greenhouse gas emissions. Lower costs and prices could increase food security, they said.
The report, released on Wednesday, is the first opinion on 15 applications to EFSA for the food use of insect larvae, he added.
Following the EFSA recommendation, it is the responsibility of the European Commission and the EU Member States to approve the use of flour beetle larvae at EU level.
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