As of the new year 2023, the EU has given permission to add insects (house crickets) to baked goods, pasta and other semi-finished products “for the general public”.
Although there is too little published knowledge about allergies and possible anaphylactic reactions, the EU Commission is of the opinion that no specific labeling requirements about possible allergic reactions need to be listed.
However, those who have allergies to crustaceans, molluscs and house dust mites are highly likely to also suffer allergic reactions when consuming products with house crickets added.
It can also lead to new allergic reactions to the substrate that is fed to the insects.
Therefore, there is only a labeling requirement if the product contains powder “Acheta domesticus”.
This means that people have to find out for themselves that “Acheta domesticus” is ground into powder and added to house crickets and have to check for themselves whether they could be allergic to it.
Admission begins on January 24, 2023.
Responsible for the approval:
Ursula VON DER LEYEN
The following products “for the general public” will soon be on sale with added crickets (Acheta domesticus):
- Multigrain bread
- Multigrain rolls
- Crackers and breadsticks
- Cereal bars
- Dry premixes for baked goods
- dry filled and unfilled pasta products
- processed potato products
- Dishes based on legumes and vegetables
- General pasta and whey powder products
- Meat analogues (vegetarian meat alternatives)
- Soups and soup concentrates, soup powder
- Cornmeal based snacks
- Beer-like beverages
- Chocolate products, nuts and oilseeds
- Snacks (except chips) and meat preparations
May everyone please read the EU log for themselves, here is the source – Official Journal of the European Union, 01/04/2023