The European food authority EFSA is the first insect to approve mealworms as human food. Soon, flour beetle larvae can end up in your cookies, pasta or curry as a flavor enhancer.
They are rich in protein, fat and fiber and have already been used in animal nutrition. Soon, mealworms could also be present in human food. The European food authority Efsa announced it today. Efsa’s decision paves the way for the larvae to be used in things like curries, cookies, pasta or bread.
More insects will likely be approved for human consumption in the coming years. The announcement would also boost start-up insect companies such as the French Ynsect or the Dutch Protix. Antoine Hubert, the founder of Ynsect believes that the approval will lead to further development. Hubert said that Financial Times.
Much of the world, such as parts of Africa, Australia and New Zealand, has long used insects for food. These are processed, among other things, in insect bars or cricket burgers. As soon as the European Commission has ratified the EFSA approval, Europe will join it as well.
As of 2018, EFSA has had guidelines for ‘novel foods’, which examine whether non-traditional foods in Europe are safe for consumption.