Like all foods, insects can carry certain risks that must be controlled by the setting of specific standards to reduce the potential risks associated with the consumption of these products.
These hazards are mainly related:
- to chemicals (poisons, anti-nutrients, veterinary drugs used in farming insects, pesticides or organic pollutants in the environment or insect feeding...).
- physical agents (hard parts of the insect as dart, rostrum, etc.).
- to common allergens to all arthropods (mites, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.).
- to parasites, viruses, bacteria and their toxins or fungi.
- to breeding and production conditions for which should be defined specific supervision to ensure the control of health risks.