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Insects as Food: Risk Assessment and Their Future Perspective in Europe

  • Tilemachos GoumperisEmail author
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Abstract

Whilst insects as food is still a niche market in Europe, the interest of consumers and industry has increased in the last years as insects are seen as an alternative source of protein with nutritional and economic benefits. At the same time, farming, processing and consumption of insects and products thereof as food may pose risks and, therefore, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as well as, national authorities published assessments or guidelines discussing these aspects. According to the EU regulatory framework, insects and their products are considered “novel foods”. They can be marketed only if authorised, a process that implies a safety assessment. EFSA guidance documents detail the data needed for the safety assessment.

Keywords

Insects Food Novel Risk assessment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)ParmaItaly

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