Singapore Approves 16 Insects Including Crickets & Grasshoppers for Human Consumption

Singapore’s food watchdog, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has officially approved the consumption of 16 insect species, including crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts. This decision expands the city-state’s culinary offerings to include insects alongside its diverse range of global cuisines like Chinese and Indian dishes.

The announcement, eagerly awaited by industry players, marks a milestone in Singapore’s food landscape. Suppliers and caterers in Singapore have been gearing up to source insects from regulated farms in China, Thailand, and Vietnam, according to The Straits Times.

The approved insect species encompass various types of crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, mealworms, and silkworms. SFA guidelines mandate that imports or locally farmed insects must adhere to strict food safety controls, ensuring they are not harvested from the wild.

Companies intending to sell pre-packed insect-based foods must provide clear labelling to inform consumers. Additionally, these products will undergo rigorous food safety testing to meet SFA standards before being allowed on the market.

The move towards insect consumption aligns with global trends promoting sustainable food sources. Insects are recognized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for their high protein content and reduced environmental impact compared to traditional meat production.

In anticipation of increased consumer interest, businesses like House of Seafood are already preparing insect-infused dishes, such as superworms and crickets incorporated into seafood offerings like salted egg crab. This innovation aims to cater to adventurous diners, particularly younger demographics eager to explore novel culinary experiences.

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