About this initiative


Regulation 853/2004 establishes hygiene rules on food. It is proposed to introduce a new Section in Annex III on insects, as insects are increasingly consumed and exported to the EU. Despite the fact that dead insects, parts of them and processed insects are subject to authorisation under Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, there is a need for minimum hygiene requirements for those insects and for live ones, similar to those already laid down for use in feed.

Food safety
Type of act

Draft act

Feedback: open

Draft regulation
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Feedback period
23 January 2019 - 20 February 2019

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Feedback (4)

  • Anders KIESSLING (Sweden)
    19 February 2019 EU citizen
    Anders KIESSLING (Sweden)

    Re: Open consultation for Specific hygiene rules for insects intended for human consumption In In Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 a number of changes are suggested. I would like to comment on these as follows. 1. It is positive that insects, being defined as production animals, now will be included under the same feed regulative as other farmed animals. 2. However, in their use to fish we suggest the following additions/changes,...

  • Entotrust (Germany)
    19 February 2019 Company/business organisation
    Entotrust (Germany)

    This contribution is from the Elytra team the company that coordinates the Entotrust voluntary certification for insect food safety and sustainability. In the last two year we developed our own checklist building on existing HACCP, and international food standards (such as ISO 22000 and GFSI for primary production). in exchange of best practices with producers and farmers of insect-food. Our inputs are following: 1) we suggest to clearly...

  • Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Portugal)
    18 February 2019 Academic/research institution
    Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Portugal)

    I am Gonçalo Costa, an entomology and taxonomy researcher at the University of Lisbon My feedback here refers to point 6 of the SECTION XVII: INSECTS of the Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004, transcribed as is: “The substrate for the feeding of insects must not contain manure, catering waste or other waste.” With waste hereby defined in point 1 of Article 3 of Directive 2008/98/EC as “[...] any substance or object which the holder...

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First quarter 2019

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