The publication is designed to assist food business operators in the production of food consisting solely of insects or containing insects. It is built around the framework of the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) legislation, Regulation 1169/2011.
The guide focuses on labelling requirements, health and nutrition claims, standards for allergen- and origin-labelling and the responsibilities of food chain operators.
Novel Foods, including insects
EU Regulation 2015/2283 establishes harmonised rules for the EU-wide commercialisation of Novel Foods, including insects. IPIFF believes once the European Commission authorises Novel Foods applications related to insect-based foods, the guidance will help firms active within EU Member States and those that aim to export their products into the EU Single Market.
Meanwhile, packs of whole buffalo worms, chocolate chip cricket cookies and cricket flour for home baking were among the fare offered by Bug Farm Foods at this year’s Taste Wales summit.
Founders Dr Sarah Beynon, an entomologist, and Andy Holcroft, a development chef with 25 years’ experience, have turned from what some argue are more environmentally-damaging traditional protein sources to insects, to help feed a rising global population.