October 15, 2020

A new European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling, delivered on October 1, clarifies that “food consisting of whole animals such as whole insects” does not fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 258/97 on novel food - a new policy shift that paves the way for its first “novel food” authorizations expected next year. Novel food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force. The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) – a European association of insect producers – states this is significant as it may put an end to the uncertainty that insect producers of such products have been facing.

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