The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has given approval to 16 species of insects such as crickets, silkworms and grasshoppers for human consumption.
The approval however will be subject to food safety requirements which will include treatment processes to kill pathogens and proper packaging and storage facilities.
The decision by Singapore to allow insect foods is in line with UN FAO position to promote insects for human consumption recently. Insects are known for their high protein content, and this will also support Singapore’s ’30 by 30’ food security goal.
Earlier on, the Singapore government has also held a public consultation exercise on the regulation of insects and insect products before the SFA approval.
With the approval, the Singapore food industry can now capitalise on the opportunity to launch snacks and protein bars made of insects, or produce cricket flour or cookies, to be sold in domestic market as well as export to bigger overseas markets in the US or Europe.