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
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Draft act

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Draft regulation
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23 January 2019 - 20 February 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (6)

  • International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed(IPIFF) (Belgium)
    20 February 2019 Company/business organisation
    International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed(IPIFF) (Belgium)

    IPIFF welcomes the establishment of harmonized rules to spell out hygiene requirements in insect products for human consumption, a good step forward. We are also content with the clarification provided on the specification of substrates authorized for insects which are in accordance with Regulation (EU) 1069/2009. We are also satisfied that the European Commission (EC) clarified the connection between the general food hygiene legislation and...

  • Portugal Insect (Portugal)
    20 February 2019 Business association
    Portugal Insect (Portugal)

    Portugal Insect (www.portugalinsect.pt) is the Portuguese Insect Farmers Association (food & feed). We can be contacted through direcao@portugalinsect.pt. We welcome this EU initiative to regulate food safety issues relating to insects and will always be available to give our input on these matters. Our comments are: 1(a): We suggest the use of “life stages” instead of “live stadia”. According to the Entomological Society of America: ...

  • 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,...

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Commission adoption

Planned for
First quarter 2019

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