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Burgers made from insects to be sold
    2017-August-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Switzerland’s first insect-based food aimed at human consumers will go on sale next week following a revision of the country’s food safety laws, a supermarket chain has revealed.

Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket chain Coop announced it would begin selling an insect burger, and insect balls, based on protein-rich mealworm*.

The products, made by a Swiss startup* called Essento, will be available in Geneva, Bern and Zurich.

Switzerland is the first European country to authorize the sale of insect-based food items for human consumption, said a spokeswoman for the country’s food safety authority.

Swiss food safety laws were changed last May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval* form of the mealworm beetle.

These insects, long used in animal feed, must be bred under strict supervision for four generations before they are considered appropriate for human consumption, according to Swiss law.

Local production will thus take a few months to get started.

In the meantime, imports are possible under strict conditions — the insects must be raised in accordance with the Swiss requirements at a company submitted to inspections* by national food safety authorities.

Insects as a food source are a good source of protein, vitamins, fats and essential minerals, and there is also a case for rearing* insects for food as it could be more environmentally friendly than other forms of animal protein production.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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