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Crickets Approved As Flour Ingredient

The European Union (EU)  just approved cricket powder, “Acheta domesticus” as a component of flour-based foods.

Cricket flour is made by whole-milling cooked crickets that have been dried. It is a whole, unprocessed food and not an isolated protein source.

After deciding to approve cricket powder, their final decision was documented and is online. Below is the verdict:

EUR-Lex:
In its scientific opinion, the Authority concluded that Acheta domesticus (house cricket) partially defatted powder is safe under the proposed conditions of use and use levels. Therefore, that scientific opinion gives sufficient grounds to establish that Acheta domesticus (house cricket) partially defatted powder when used in multigrain bread and rolls, crackers and breadsticks, cereal bars, dry pre-mixes for baked products, biscuits, dry stuffed and non-stuffed pasta-based products, sauces, processed potato products, legume- and vegetable- based dishes, pizza, pasta-based products, whey powder, meat analogues, soups and soup concentrates or powders, maize flour-based snacks, beer-like beverages, chocolate confectionary, nuts and oilseeds, snacks other than chips, and meat preparations, intended for the general population, fulfils the conditions for its placing on the market in accordance with Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283.

The EU has deemed cricket powder safe under the proposed conditions of use and use levels. They warn that it may cause reactions to people who are allergic to “crustaceans, molluscs and dust mites.”

They warn to avoid catching and eating crickets that are found in the house, because you really don’t know what they eat or if they have been exposed to pesticides.

The European Union’s Food Decision

According to the European Regulations (EU) there are four countries that have permission for insect products entry into the Union: (Canada, South Korea, Switzerland, and Thailand)

The EU said that food labels must adhere to labeling cricket powder as “Acheta domesticus partially defatted powder” on food labels.

According to bug innovations, “In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to beef, crickets emit (source): virtually no methane gas, 1% of carbon dioxide, and a third of ammonia per kg of body weight per day. In addition, crickets grow about 20 times faster than cows, which means they require much less resources to grow.”

Consumers are Bugging Out

Bugs have somehow become common food ingredients, such as the red dye carmine (which is made from the crushed bodies of the female cochineal insect) and confectioner’s glaze, or shellac, found in sprinkles and even some candies (it’s made from the crushed bodies of the female lac bug).

It’s up to consumers like you to keep “bugs as protein” from becoming the norm.

Cricket Powder is the Clean Protein You Need | EcoParent magazine

Cricket flour contains a type of fiber called chitin, which is usually found in the cricket’s hard shells (exoskeleton). Some experts claim it can be harmful in large quantities.

Swapping chickens for crickets–while feeding them the same thing—is unlikely to make a real difference.

“Insect cultivation is more likely to contribute to human nutrition at a scale of economic and ecological significance if it does not rely on a diet that competes with conventional livestock,” experts say, “but more innovation is needed for this to become a reality.”

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3 comments

Carolyn January 25, 2023 at 8:22 am

Shucks, the labels must list the allergins on the label. I, for one, will be avoiding those products.

G.W. January 25, 2023 at 10:22 am

This is nasty and I don’t want crickets in my food or any other insect!

OWEN BART January 26, 2023 at 8:50 am

Take your cricket flour and blow it out your ….

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