EU Greenlights First Insect Food Products Made from Yellow Mealworm
The EU’s recent move to allow the commercialization of dried yellow mealworm and derived products across its market has been welcomed by insect-based food ingredients stakeholders banded under the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF).
EU member states’ delegates in the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed have backed a draft, Commission Implementing Regulation, aiming at authorizing the placement of dried Tenebrio molitor larvae on the EU market.
This was based on a novel food application submitted by the French insect producer Agronutris which now becomes the first European insect producer officially authorized to sell insects as human food in the EU.
This positive vote follows the recent publication by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of a scientific opinion which concluded that such a product is safe, in accordance with the conditions of use and specifications proposed by Agronutris.
“The green light given by EU member states represents a major milestone for our company, but also for the insect producing sector as a whole,” remarks Cedric Auriol, Agronutris co-founder, and IPIFF member.
“Being among the first insect producers that have heavily invested in the development of novel food applications, Agronutris contributed to the development of scientific evidence demonstrating the safety of insect food products,” comments Auriol.
These views were echoed by the IPIFF president, Antoine Hubert, who hailed this vote as an “important milestone toward the wider EU commercialization of edible insects.”