The Food Safety & Quality Center (FSQC) has issued a clarification on the consumption of insect-based food products in some countries of the world.
FSQC said that such food products do not comply with the regulations and standard specifications and are not allowed to be traded in the local markets.
Consignments of all imported food products go through inspection and laboratory analysis to ensure their safety and compliance with the regulations and standard specifications.
Some of the GCC countries, including Qatar, recently announced that they will not allow the entry of insect-based food products into their markets.
The Ministry of Health in Doha said that insect products do not meet “the requirements of the technical regulations for halal food.”
“The regulations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries prohibit eating insects or proteins and supplements extracted from them,” it added.
The European Union Commission recently approved the use of small mealworm larvae and domestic crickets in food.