Migratory locust permitted as food
The European Commission has approved the migratory locust as a food. This large, gregarious flying insect is considered nutritious and high in protein and has been consumed by humans for centuries, especially in eastern countries.
Brussels Belgium). the EU commission approved the European migratory locust as a new food in the European Union, which will have significant economic and environmental impacts in the future. The grasshopper can be presented in powdered, dried or frozen form and used as a snack or as an ingredient in food.
The European Union has come to the conclusion that the consumption of the migratory locust is harmless to health. According to a report by the European Food Safety Authority, the consumption of the migratory locust poses no health risks – on the contrary. The grasshopper is high in protein and low in fat. The approval as a food means that in the future national as well as international food companies will be able to use the European migratory locust in their products. In this case, the insect should be included in the list of ingredients.
Global demand for insects as food is great
There are more than 1,900 edible insect species worldwide. According to the EU Commission, insects are rich in nutrients and proteins and could be part of a sustainable diet. In many countries, the small animals are already part of the regular diet.
There is great public interest in insect-based foods. The yellow mealworm was the first insect to be approved in January. Other insects are expected to follow soon. So far, an application has been submitted for nine insect species, including the European migratory locust.