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Clear rules for insects as food

Comprehensive safety assessment prior to approval - labeling mandatory


For some time now, insects have also been legally allowed to be offered as food in the European Union. The prerequisite: As novel foods, they must - in contrast to conventional foods - have been approved in advance by the European Commission. This approval is also tied to clear labeling ...


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Yellow mealworm approved as novel food

However, the Federal Office points out possible allergic reactions


The yellow mealworm is the first insect to be approved as a novel food. The EU member states have approved a corresponding proposal by the European Commission. [1] The European Commission and the Member States consider the novel food safe in principle. "However, consumption of the yellow mealworm ...


When the crisis is here

International crisis exercise prepares for the worst case scenario


Global supply chains do not stop at national borders. For example, eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil reached Europe and Asia in 2017. EHEC pathogens in food led to disease and death in several EU countries in 2011. "The free movement of goods in Europe and increasing imports from ...


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Listeria in frozen vegetables and melamine in bamboo dishes

Report from the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed 2018


Information on more than 3,600 cases was exchanged last year through the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). Thanks to the network of authorities, an international outbreak of listeriosis, for example, could be cleared up and bamboo dishes with a hazardous amount of melamine ...


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Berries as carriers of pathogens?

Frozen berries more heavily polluted


Whether fresh strawberries, frozen raspberries in summer drinks or blends of different berries on cakes and desserts - especially in summer berry fruit is eaten very often. Berries not only taste delicious, they also contain many vitamins, minerals and fibre. However, soft fruits can also be ...


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OPSON VIII: Authorities investigate coffee fraud

In individual cases, Arabica beans were replaced by cheaper Robustabohnen beans.


In this year's Operation OPSON VIII, coordinated by Europol and INTERPOL, thirteen European States have joined forces to jointly pursue possible coffee fraud cases. In Germany, Portugal and Switzerland, nine cases of cheaper Robustabohnen were found in Arabica coffee. This was announced today by ...


International Conference on Online Food Trade

BVL and European Commission invite to "eCommerce of Food" in Berlin


The online trade with food, cosmetics, toys, animal feed or similar products is no longer a niche market. The new way of shopping has become part of everyday life for large parts of society, but it also poses new challenges for the control and supervisory authorities. The Federal Office of ...


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