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Mealworms for dinner? EU approves first insect food Updated: 2021-01-14 05:43:01 KST

Mealworms may soon be found on dinner tables in Europe,as they became the first insect to be approved as a human food.
On Wednesday, the European Food Safety Agency concluded that yellow beetle larvae is safe to eat, whole or dried.
High in protein, mealworms can also be used in a variety of dishes.

"In this specific safety evaluation for yellow mealworm, we saw that the proposed usage includes in this novel food the ingredient for making biscuits, pasta, some legume-based dishes, some energy bars"

The delicacy is already being enjoyed in parts of the world, including Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Experts believe this could potentially be a sustainable and low carbon-emission source of food for the future.
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