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Swiss Supermarket Launches Europe’s First Worm Burgers

A grocery coop in Switzerland has unleashed new burgers and balls packed with protein from mealworms.

Switzerland is the first country in Europe to authorize the sale of human food made from insects.

A supermarket coop chain in Switzerland is now selling burgers and “meatballs” made from mealworms, marking the first time insects have been sold (legally) as people food in Europe.

The country’s food safety laws were changed in May to allow human food made from crickets, mealworms or grasshoppers.

All three insects have been used for animal feed, but were not allowed for humans until health regulators could hammer out strict rules for raising and preparing them.

The mealworm burgers from Swiss company Essento are mixed with rice, celery, leeks and a little kick of hot pepper.

A study from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 2013 said insects could provide a sustainable source of protein and a tool to stabilize food security amid a growing crisis to feed the world’s population.

Read More:

  • Insect Burgers And Balls: Swiss Supermarket To Sell Bug-Based Food (DW)
  • Mealworm Burger, Anyone? Insect Food On Sale In Switzerland In European First (Guardian)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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