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Italy Bans EU-Approved Use of Insect Flour in Pasta and Pizza

Italy Bans EU-Approved Use of Insect Flour in Pasta and Pizza

At the same time, and in an intriguing move, Italy has also applied for its cuisine to be placed on the UNESCO list for Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Earlier this year, the European Union (EU) approved the us of partially defatted powder of Acheta Domesticus (the house cricket) to the region’s food market..essentially in the form of insect flour.

The E.U. Commission passed the application presented in 2019 by the Cricket One Company. Now, food producers can use the powder in the production of several foods, including pizza and pasta-based products, nuts and oilseeds, snacks and sauces, meat preparations and soups, multigrain bread and rolls, crackers and breadsticks, cereal bars, dry pre-mixes for baked products, biscuits, processed potato products, legume- and vegetable-based dishes, whey powder, maize flour-based snacks, beer-like beverages and chocolate confectionery.

The go-ahead came on the heels of the scientific opinion expressed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which verified and approved the safety of the new powder.

EFSA also approved the powder production process, which includes a 24-hours fasting period for the insects before they are frozen, washed, thermally processed, have their oil extracted and, finally, transformed into dried-up powder.

The march of house crickets into European kitchens will not be completed alone. On January 6th, the E.U. Commission also approved the introduction of the frozen, paste, dried and powdered forms of Alphitobius diaperinus larvae, also known as the lesser mealworm, to the consumer food market.

This was one regulation too much for Italy. The nation, known for its fabulous cuisine, has banned use of insect powder in pizza and pasta.

The rules will also force insect-based foods to be distinguished by labeling and segregation.

The growing use in cooking of flour made from crickets, locusts and insect larvae has met fierce opposition in Italy, where the government is to ban its use in pizza and pasta and segregate it on supermarket shelves.

In a sign of fear that insects might be associated with Italian cuisine, three government ministers called a press conference in Rome to announce four decrees aimed at a crackdown. “It’s fundamental that these flours are not confused with food made in Italy,” Francesco Lollobrigida, the agriculture minister, said.

….All four insects are cited in the Italian decrees, which will require any products containing them to be labelled with large lettering and displayed separately from other foods.

“Whoever wants to eat these products can, but those who don’t, and I imagine that will be most Italians, will be able to choose,” Lollobrigida said.

Orazio Schillaci, the health minister, said the legislation would also ban the use of insect flours in “typical” Italian products like pizza and pasta.

At the same time, and in an intriguing move, Italy has also applied for its cuisine to be placed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list for Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The government has decided, on a proposal from the Ministers of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Francesco Lollobrigida and Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano, to nominate the practice of Italian cuisine for this year’s UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The dossier will now be transmitted by the foreign Ministry to UNESCO and the evaluation process will begin, which should be completed by December 2025 at the latest, the sources said.

In its candidacy dossier, Italian cuisine is defined as a “combination of social practices, rituals and gestures based on the many local flavours that, without hierarchy, identify it and mark it out.

On the other hand, the Germans are taking an entirely different approach to insects.

A German ice cream parlour has expanded its menu with a skin-crawling offering – cricket-flavoured scoops with the dried brown insects on top.

The unusual confection is available at Thomas Micolino’s store in Rottenburg am Neckar, in southern Germany, news agency dpa reported.

Mr Micolino has a habit of creating flavours that are far outside Germans’ typical preferences for strawberry, chocolate, banana and vanilla.

In the past, he has offered liver sausage and Gorgonzola cheese ice cream as well gold-plated ice cream for 4 euros (£3.50) per scoop.

I sure hope Germans don’t begin to use insects in their beer.


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Food names should mean something. Milk should come from mammary glands, not nuts or cockroaches. Meat should be muscles. Flour should come from grains, not grasshoppers.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to Dathurtz. | March 28, 2023 at 9:13 am

    In Israel you can’t sell something as milk unless it comes from a mammal. We have soy beverage, almond beverage, etc.

Giorgia Meloni is great. Margaret Thatcher would be proud.

The Germans had a five hundred year old purity beer law.

Beer stein lids kept bothersome insects from crawling into your beer. Now, your IPA will be dry hopped with cricket corpses.

    Paul in reply to Tiki. | March 27, 2023 at 12:24 am

    Ummm, Germans are famous for their lagers. IPA is an ale originally brewed in India fashioned after British beer. Apple, meet Orange.

      Dolce Far Niente in reply to Paul. | March 27, 2023 at 11:22 am

      IPAs were originally brewed in England for shipment (by sailing ship) to India. Traditional ales and beers would spoil on long voyages, so extra hops were added to increase the shipment life of beer intended for the merchants, soldiers and citizens living in India.

Fig wasps go inside the fig flower, and don’t come out. An early reset.

    Milhouse in reply to rhhardin. | March 26, 2023 at 11:20 pm

    But they are completely digested by the fig. Each ripe fig had a wasp die in it, but you will never find a dead wasp inside a ripe fig. The fig eats the wasp as it ripens..

      herm2416 in reply to Milhouse. | March 27, 2023 at 12:25 am

      Where does the fig put it when it is finished eating it? When I read of this decades ago, I stopped eating figs. Every crunch made me think I was eating dead wasps. Blech.

        Dathurtz in reply to herm2416. | March 27, 2023 at 11:05 am

        The fig produces an enzyme that decomposes the wasp. Those wasps are super tiny, too. About 1-2 millimeters.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to rhhardin. | March 27, 2023 at 8:44 am

    I shudder at the merethought of baby powder…

      Dolce Far Niente in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | March 27, 2023 at 11:24 am

      Planned Parenthood needs to do SOMETHING to get profits back up after they were forced to abandon certain states.

      Its the green thing to do.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | March 27, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        I also feel so sorry for all of those neets who get their paws mashed in a press, all for the sake of making baseball mitts supple.

They need Soylent Green flour and other products. It could be available in far greater quantities than from crickets. Furthermore, it would better enable the Netherlands to get rid of all those pesky farmed animals. /s

Make them use product names different than Macaroni, Spaghetti, etc.

Roacheroni … Bughetti …

JackinSilverSpring | March 26, 2023 at 11:50 pm

The EU has become a monster. It is time to return it to what it was meant to be: a trade union of sovereign states and nothing more.

    paracelsus in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | March 27, 2023 at 1:34 am

    The EU was born in a moment of madness; it’s long past time to say requiescat in pace.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | March 27, 2023 at 8:49 am

    Variation on that theme: a bunch of states on the American continent formed a union to share – among other things – a common defense, have a common currency, and, I believe, common weight and measures defined in a constitution.

    Now, look at it.

    We are no different. Our union is now a mess.

UnCivilServant | March 27, 2023 at 5:36 am

Any food product containing bugs is contaminated and unfit for human consumption.

If there are bugs in the kitchen, you don’t serve them to customers, you call an exterminator.

The EU has become a super-state. All members should lose their UN seats, close their embassies and not have Olympic teams.

Suburban Farm Guy | March 27, 2023 at 10:24 am

And from our globalist overlords…. Crickets. Literally

healthguyfsu | March 27, 2023 at 3:28 pm

I’m a bit confused here. The EU did not mandate the use of cricket flour. They only approved a submitted application for use. The EU’s problem is quite the opposite, that they over-regulate and form a nanny state. In this case, they are getting out of the way.

If people want to eat bugs in their food, they can. They are actually safer than many meats because they are less biosimilar to humans. They do present food allergy problems for many people though, so I agree with putting a big warning label on them.

If I’m going to eat bugs, they’re going to have to get in my food the old-fashioned way – sneaking or gnawing their way into the container.

I grew up on a farm. Bugs are everywhere. They are on, if not in, the crops when they’re harvested. They’ll get into bags of flour (and die of malnutrition, if it’s white flour), and their parts will be baked into the pizza crust. But what you do not want is enough bugs that you notice them, let alone added bugs!

    Crawford in reply to markm. | March 28, 2023 at 12:24 am

    Used to be maximum limits on insect parts in food. Soon there will be minimum levels.

    Oh — and never buy the lie the bugs are “more efficient”. Unlike cattle, pigs,sheep, chickens, etc the bugs eat the same things we do. Real livestock were chosen to turn not-food into food. Ze boogs turn food into not-food — and the WEF set want us to eat them.

So no more restaurant inspectors, being bugs are good food??
We have corrupt lunatics and morons running our nation.