EU plans specific hygiene rules for insects used in food
The European Commission is planning to introduce hygiene rules for insects for human consumption.
Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 sets rules on the hygiene of food of animal origin for businesses. The draft act proposes to add a section on insects.
Insects are increasingly produced in or exported to the EU and used as an alternative to mainstream food of animal origin. Insects and their products have the potential to become a major source of protein for human consumption in Europe.