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EU food watchdog approves bugs for human consumption, says report

Dried yellow mealworm, the larval form of the mealworm beetle, is safe for human consumption in both its whole form and as a powder additive

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Insects just moved a step closer to European dinner plates.

Dried yellow mealworm, the larval form of the mealworm beetle, is safe for human consumption in both its whole form and as a powder additive, the European Union’s food watchdog said Wednesday, ruling on an application by French insect farmer Micronutris.

The European Food Safety Authority’s opinion is a first step before officials consider whether to approve sales of snacks and other foods containing bugs.

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First Published: Thu, January 14 2021. 02:16 IST
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