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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 06:24 PM

Insects: Our Future Food? EU Food Agency Approves Mealworms As Human Food



- The darkling beetle larvae are already commonly used as food for pet reptiles and fish.
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'EU food agency approves mealworms as human food.' Mealworms, whole or as powder in pasta, have become the first insect-based food approved by the EU's food safety watchdog. The EU Commission has yet to endorse the decision. DW, Jan. 13, 2021.

Mealworms got approval for EU plates Wednesday from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), based in Italy's city of Parma — better known for its tasty pasta, tomatoes, ham and cheese. Actually larvae of the darkling beetle (Tenebrio molitor) and typically fed to pet reptiles and fish, the yellow grubs could soon be the first "novel food" cleared for sale across the EU, assuming the European Commission adds its endorsement.

Rich in protein, fat and fiber, they could be eaten whole or as a powdered ingredient in snacks and noodles, assuming their original fodder was free of contaminants, concluded the Italy-based EU agency. Interest 'great' in food sector : FSA food scientist Ermolaos Ververis said interest was high among the "edible insect sector" of the food industry and the scientific community.

Mealworms are the first species approved among 15 insects subjected to risk assessment procedures delegated to the EFSA in 2018 under a 2015 EU regulation. The EFSA food agency has 156 applications for "novel food" on its plate. Those also include algae-derived edibles. 'Yuck factor' could dwindle: For many Europeans, eating insects still triggered a "yuck" reaction, said Giovanni Sogari, a consumer researcher at the University of Parma. "With time and exposure, such attitudes can change," he speculated.

Elsewhere in the world, including Africa and Central America, chewing on insect crisps, cooking with them, even mealworm burgers, have long become norms, so-called entomophagy, alongside massive meat consumption blamed in part for climate change. Two EU nations, Austria and Germany, already have special dispensations for insect-based snacks.

Answer to food insecurity? Around the world, thousands of insects are potential candidates —prompting the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2013 to speculate that "eating insects can help tackle food insecurity."...

More, https://www.dw.com/en/eu-food-agency-approves-mealworms-as-human-food/a-56216471

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appalachiablue Jan 13 OP
dweller Jan 13 #1
Binkie The Clown Jan 13 #2
appalachiablue Jan 13 #5
Ferrets are Cool Jan 13 #3
appalachiablue Jan 13 #4
keithbvadu2 Jan 13 #6

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 06:29 PM

1. Look Ma!

I’m a bluebird !
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 06:57 PM

2. Ants in the kitchen is not a problem now. It's a solution. nt

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:22 PM

5. positive thinking

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:21 PM

3. Better than Soylent Green.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:22 PM

4. Yep, true that

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 11:27 PM

6. From thousands of years ago.

From thousands of years ago.

I think I'll eat what fell out of that chicken's butt.

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