Europe authorises dung beetle larvae as food additive

The European Commission has given the green light to the marketing of dung beetle (Alphitobius diaperinus) larvae in pasta, frozen, dried or powder form as a novel food.

This authorisation comes after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) resolved in a study that the consumption of this insect is safe under the proposed conditions of use.

In its scientific opinion, EFSA also considered that the consumption of Alphitobius diaperinus larvae may cause reactions in people who are allergic to crustaceans and dust mites. In this way, the larvae of the dung beetle join the mealworm, the migratory locust and the house cricket as authorised insects for consumption within the European Union.

Only the company Ynsect NL BV has permission from the European Commission to use dung beetle larvae as an ingredient in various food products such as cereal bars, pasta, imitation meat and bakery products, although it is not indicated for children under 18 years.

Partially Defatted Powder of House Cricket

Europe has also authorised the commercialisation as a new food of partially defatted powder of domestic cricket (Acheta domesticus).

In this case, Cricket One Co. Ltd is allowed to use this ingredient for products such as multigrain breads and rolls, crackers and breadsticks, cereal bars, pasta, sauces or pizzas.