EU now also allows crickets in the food after worms and grasshoppers

Crickets can now also be eaten as food in the European Union, or used as an ingredient. This has been decided by the food safety organization EFSA of the EU. The migratory grasshopper and the yellow mealworm were previously allowed in the food stream.

The insect may be sold whole as food, in frozen or dried form, or made into powder. After a safety investigation, the European Union saw no objections to allowing the cricket as a food. Safety research into such food is needed because insect eating is in a sense still new in the EU.

There are a number of growers active in the Netherlands that work according to the EU standards. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) also advises on this.

In some parts of the world, eating insects is the most natural thing in the world, but in Europe that is not the case. The EU daily board wants to promote the consumption of insects because they can function as an alternative source of protein as a meat substitute.

The Nutrition Center says that insects must be boiled, baked, stir-fried or fried before they can be eaten. Also, paws and wings should be removed from insects such as crickets and grasshoppers. To avoid the risk of spoilage, insects must be kept tightly closed in the refrigerator. They are similar in spoilage to meat and fish.

In addition, the Nutrition Center indicates that insects may not be suitable for people with a shellfish or shellfish allergy. The Nutrition Center also states that the nutritional value is equal to beef, chicken, pork and fish.