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Publication | 26 March 2021

Aspects of food and feed safety regarding the source of commodities used when rearing insects for consumption

Edible insects have a long tradition in our culture, but rearing of insects at industrial scale is a relatively new phenomenon that deserves special attention regarding consumer safety and animal welfare. Edible insects are a booming sector and will have a global economic impact in the next decade. The vastly expanding proposed possibilities in the utilization of novel substrates to rear edible insects is a key challenge in evaluation of edible insect safety.

The main conclusion of the report are:

  • The edible insect sector supports EU policy to eliminate hunger in a greener environment
  • The vastly expanding possibilities in edible insect production require a safe and adequate legal frame.
  • The JRC has the capacity by proven expertise to provide scientific support to the legislators
  • Establishing a common platform for legislators, researchers and stakeholder with relation to rearing insects and the valorisation of novel resources is highly advisable.
Aspects of food and feed safety regarding the source of commodities used when rearing insects for consumption
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