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Added 19 August, 2017

Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket begins selling insect burgers

Coop, Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket chain will begin selling insect burgers for human consumption after the country’s food safety laws were revised. Coop said insect-based produce such as the flour burgers and balls of protein-rich mealworm will go on sale next week. Switzerland is the first European country to authorize the sale of insect-based food items for humans, a spokeswoman for the country’s food safety authority said. Swiss food safety laws were changed in May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle. These insects, long used in animal feed, must be bred under strict supervision for four generations before they are considered appropriate for human consumption, according to Swiss law. This means local production will take a few months to get started.

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