Three Species of Edible Insects Remain Permitted for Sale in the Great Britain – All Others Must Be Removed Pending Full Novel Food Authorisation

As of 1st January 2024, food products containing edible insects may only remain on the market in Great Britain (GB) if a novel food application for that species was received by the UK Food Standards Agency or Food Standards Scotland by 31st December 2023.

The UK FSA have indicated that they received valid novel food applications for the following three species:

  • Yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor);
  • House cricket (Acheta domesticus); and,
  • Banded cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus).

This means that if you sell products for human consumption containing any other edible insect species, you should immediately remove them from the market in GB and make a full application for novel food authorisation. Once your products have been authorised, you will be able to place them back on the market.

You can find more information in the UK FSA’s guidance document here, after which we suggest that you contact us at AFR to discuss what this actually means for your business.

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