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The European Food Safety Agency confirmed the safety of frozen, dried and powder yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor larva), marking another relevant development for the edible insect sector.

This opinion results from an application submitted by the Dutch company Fair Insects B.V. (a Protix company) back in December 2018. According to the NF process, this opinion will be submitted to the European Commission in order to prepare a draft Regulation authorising the product for commercialisation within the EU. The authorisation is expected in early 2022.

For more information on the Novel Food and the related steps, have a look at the IPIFF Briefing Paper and at the above mentioned EFSA opinion.

 

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