Extract fom the IPIFF Information Note:
“CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union) clarifies ‘whole edible insects’ do not fall under the old novel foods Regulation:
On those grounds, the Court (Third Chamber) hereby rules:
Article 1(2)(e) of Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 1997 concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients, as amended by Regulation (EC) No 596/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009, must be interpreted as meaning that foods consisting of whole animals intended to be consumed as such, including whole insects, do not fall within the scope of that regulation.
The CJEU in its ruling from 1st October 2020 stated that whole insects did not fall within the scope of the ‘old’ novel food, i.e. Regulation (EC) No 258/97.
Download the full Information Note here: IPIFF_01-10-2020-Information-note-CJEU-ruling-on-the-ENTOMA-case