Mites for human consumption update

Monthly enforcement report update on mites for human consumption

On August 23rd, 2021, we released an update on the current position on insects intended for human consumption in an enforcement letter (FSS/ENF/21/006). We stated that we’re aware of only one type of insect which has a history of consumption within the European Union prior to 15th May 1997 and this is the German cheese mite (Tyrophagus casei).. However, this also applies to the French flour mite (Acarus siro) which has been used in cheese such as Mimolette before 15th May 1997. Therefore, the French flour mite (Acarus siro) is not novel.

Joshua Evans

Policy Advisor – Regulated Products