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The Food Safety Aspects of Edible Insects

Recently growing concerns about the environmental effects of food production has led to an interest in the possibility of using insects as a viable nutrient source in both human diets and animal feed (due to the low carbon, water and ecological footprints associated with insect farming and edible insects can be a good source of protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals).

The primary objective of FAO’s publication (see link below) is to provide an overview of the potential food safety issues that should be considered, including biological agents (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic) as well as chemical contaminants (pesticides, toxic metals, flame retardants). Determination of food safety hazards will help to establish appropriate hygiene and manufacturing practices in this sector.

In addition to the food safety aspects, other challenges facing this emerging sector are briefly discussed. These include general absence of insect-specific regulations governing the production and trade of insects as food and feed, issues related to upscaling the production of insects, among others.

Interested in learning more about FAO’s report ‘Looking at edible insects from a food safety perspective’ ? Click on the link.

© 2021 Keller and Heckman LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 145
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Katia Merten-Lentz, Keller Heckman Law Firm, Brussels, Paris, European food, agriculture law
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Katia Merten-Lentz, partner resident in the Firm’s Brussels and Paris offices, is a leading practitioner in European food, feed, and agricultural law. Her practice also extends to Environmental Law, Biotechnologies (new breeding technologies) and Cosmetics Law.

Ms. Merten-Lentz assists clients throughout the food chain with issues ranging from marketing (food labeling, health and nutrition claims, organic labels etc.) to innovation (nanomaterials, genetically modified organisms, novel foods). She also helps clients in the food and feed area obtaining European authorization...

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