Edible Insects: Food Safety for Six-Legged Protein Sources

Although we regularly cover bug testing for food safety, we’ve never covered bugs as edible items on Examining Food. However, rising interest in edible insects as novel protein sources means that food industry members, including producers, regulatory officials and allied biotechnology companies, will need to pay attention to ensure consumer safety. Interest in insects as protein sources is growing for a variety of reasons; global food security is one concern, but others include sustainability, nutritional value and animal welfare. Insects are nutritionally dense, contain easily digestible fiber and may be healthier to eat than animal proteins. Furthermore, to some people, killing insects for food offers a more humane alternative to slaughter…

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