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Analysis: The EU novel foods legislation opens door to insects

About two billion people across the world include some of the estimated 2,500 species of edible insects in their diets. But, apart from a few exceptions, Europeans are not among the connoisseurs of this “alternative protein”. This may well be about to change as the legal vacuum in which insects have been hovering in Europe has been filled by the new EU novel foods regulation (2015/2283). Coming into force next year, Peter Rixon looks at how the legislation will help companies introduce Europeans to locusts, mealworms, crickets and other delights at mealtimes.


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