Insects grown on farms in Singapore could be making their way into animal feed or on local food menus following a relaxation of rules.
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said last week that it had received interest from insect-food products or farming companies enquiring about the use of insects for food or animal feed.
In a media release, it said several species of edible insects have traditionally been eaten in parts of Asia, such as crickets in Thailand and silkworm pupae in Korea.
“SFA has conducted a thorough scientific review, and assessed that specific species of insects with a history of human consumption can be allowed for use as food. In recent years, the commercial farming of insects for human consumption and animal feed has been promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and has received commercial interest.
“SFA has taken reference from the European union and countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Thailand which have allowed the consumption of certain insect species as food.”
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