The European Commission has announced that EU member states have reached an agreement to mark flour larvae as “innovative food” that is safe to eat.
The agreement means that the European Union will soon pass a law allowing the consumption of dishes with dehydrated rhubarb powder or its larvae (Tenebrio molitor).
The committee said: “The use of insects as an alternative source of protein is not new, and it is often consumed in many parts of the world.”
Rhubarb powder should be clearly marked when used in food, especially to remind people who may be allergic.
Insects can be used in burgers, protein shakes and biscuits.
The European Commission pointed out that there are currently 11 EU requirements for the use of insects in “new food”, and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) will consider these requirements.
The committee said that the decision on the large yellow powder plant will be formally adopted in the next few weeks.
The committee pointed out that this is the first time that the European Union has approved the use of an insect for food. The committee pointed out that some member states may have eaten insects before.
But this was before the revision of the New European Food Regulations in 2018, which stipulated that whole insects must be approved for use as food.
For many years, scientists have pointed out that large yellow powder has high nutritional value, which contains a lot of protein and healthy fat.
Larvae can grow quickly in substrates such as baker’s yeast, wheat bran, corn starch and potato flour.
They have been found in the markets of Southeast Asian countries/regions for a long time.