Entocube has become the first producer of edible insects to be granted the right to use the official label for foodstuffs made in Finland, Hyvää Suomesta.
The label was updated recently to also cover insect-based food products. It can now be granted to edible insects born, grown and harvested domestically, and to food products that contain such insects and meet the overall criteria for the label.
Finland approved the use of insects as food ingredients in the latter half of last year. The country can be considered a forerunner in the buzzing edible insects industry, it being one of the first countries to approve the production of insects for human consumption in the entire European Union.
“Finland has high-level food industry expertise and know-how in insect production. We believe that Finnish insect-based products have a great deal of potential in the expanding edible insect market in Europe,” comments Perttu Karjalainen, the CEO of Entocube, the leading provider of edible insects farming solutions in the Nordics.
Fazer, one of the largest and most well-known food industry companies in Finland, launched a bread made partly of house crickets last November. Its crickets, however, are sourced from the Netherlands.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi