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Placing on the market of insects and insect-based foods intended for human consumption



Legislation
Tolerance policy
General prescriptions
Useful links





Legislation

The European legislation (EU) 2015/2283, applicable as from 1 January 2018 and replacing Regulation (EC) 258/97, stipulates that all insect-based products (not only parts of insects or extracts, but also whole insects and their preparations) are considered as "Novel Food", due to the lack of a significant history of consumption in the European Union before 15 May 1997 (CELEX - 32015R2283consolidated legislation).

As a reminder: before 1 January 2018 the placing on the market of 10 insect species was temporarily tolerated. The safety of these 10 species had been evaluated in a common opinion of the Scientific Committee of the FASFC and the Superior Health Council:
Common opinion SciCom 14-2014 and SHC N° 9160 on food safety of insects intended for human consumption:  www.fasfc.be > Scientific Committee > Opinions > 2014.

 



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Tolerance policy

The tolerance policy established before 1 January 2018, has be prolonged after 1 January 2018 for certain whole insects on the basis of the submitted applications before this date. The extension of this tolerance policy therefore only applies to the 10 insect species of the list and their respective intended food categories as described in the timely submitted novel food applications. Therefore the tolerance policy does not only apply to the insect species in question but also takes into account the type of preparation that the whole insects are undergoing and the categories of products in which they are used.

The Federal Public Service Health, Food Safety and Environment publishes the list of insects and their applications for which a dossier has been submitted before 1 January 2018 and that are thus presently tolerated on the Belgian market, as a consequence all that is not mentioned on this list is not allowed on the market.

 

The continuation of the Belgian tolerance policy after 1 January 2018 is applicable to the commercialization:

  • by Belgian operators of whole insects or products on the basis of these whole insects for which a dossier has been submitted before 1 January 2018 and that are respecting the prescriptions with regards to food safety.
  • of whole insects or products on the basis of whole insects from other Member States of the European Union if they are legally placed on the market in those Member States and under the condition that a dossier has been submitted before 1 January 2018 at the competent authorities of 1 of the EU-Member States and that it concerns insects belonging to the 10 species that were tolerated before 1 January 2018.

The extension of the tolerance policy is not applicable to insects or their products:

  • for which no application was submitted before 1 January 2018.
  • from other Member States of the European Union that were not legally placed on the market in those Member States.
  • not belonging to the 10 species that were tolerated in Belgium before 1 January 2018.
  • for which applications are submitted after 1 January 2018. The operators submitting those applications will have to await the final decision concerning their application at European level, until then these products can not be placed on the Belgian market.
  • from third countries (non-EU countries).


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General prescriptions

Attention! Persons suffering from allergies to crustaceans and shellfish and/or dust mite may have an allergic reaction to the consumption of insects.

The general principles of the food law apply to the placing on the market of these species, amongst other things the application of the good hygienic practices, traceability, compulsory notification, labelling and the implementation of a self-checking system based on the HACCP-principles.

Operators farming insects with the intention of placing them on the market for human consumption, must be FASFC registered. A FASFC authorization is required for operators from the sectors processing and/or distribution who are placing on the market insects or insect-based foods intended for human consumption.


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