Alphitobius diaperinus: the European Commission authorizes an additional edible insect species
Under a new Regulation, lesser mealworm larvae enter the list of authorized novel foods.
Regulation (EU) 2023/58, published on January 5, 2023, authorizes the use of Alphitobius diaperinus larvae as a novel food ingredient.
The ingredient can be used under frozen, paste, dried and powder forms in several food categories, including cereal bars, soups, meat analogues, and food supplements for individuals over 18 years of age.
The use of the ingredient is subject to certain conditions, including a maximum level per 100 g of product which varies according to the food category, and a warning statement cautioning against the possible allergenic potential of the ingredient in individuals allergic to dust mites and crustaceans.
Since the assessment depended on proprietary data provided by the applicant, the use of the novel food is exclusively granted to it, for a duration of 5 years. As the Regulation itself recalls, this should not prevent other food business operators from applying for similar ingredients, basing on legally obtained information.
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