It is forbidden to eat insects in Qatar, as they are not considered Halal. Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health announced on social media that insects were prohibited.
The EU updated its regulations after approving certain insects for consumption in the food chain. Much of Europe can now make, sell, and eat snacks made from insects such as partially defatted crickets and mealworms.
In Qatar, however, you won’t find insects or bugs on menus as it bans their use in foodstuffs.
In a statement, the Ministry of Public Health said: “In reference to recent media reports that some countries have approved the use of insects in food production, the Ministry of Public Health states that it bans food products containing insects from the market because they do not meet the technical requirements of Halal food.”
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According to the Ministry, the ban is in accordance with GCC regulations and religious opinions. Both insects and proteins, as well as supplements derived from them, are prohibited under these regulations.
It added: “The Ministry of Public Health verifies compliance with the halal requirements through Islamic bodies accredited by the Ministry, and through international-accredited laboratories to determine the source of protein contained in food products accurately”.
The European Union passed regulation 2023/5 last week. Humans can consume partially defatted powder of the house cricket (Acheta domesticus).
From this month, the regulation makes clear that cricket powder can be added to the following: “multigrain bread and rolls, crackers and breadsticks, cereal bars, dry pre-mixes for baked products, biscuits, dry stuffed and non-stuffed pasta-based products, sauces, processed potato products, legume- and vegetable-based dishes, pizza, pasta-based products, whey powder, meat analogues, soups and soup concentrates or powders, maize flour-based snacks, beer-like beverages, chocolate confectionery, nuts and oilseeds, snacks other than chips, and meat preparations, intended for the general population”.
In the benighted European Union, regulations can be passed without being ratified by any of the 27 national parliaments. The European Commission imposes regulations (not debates them) and the powdered bug was introduced into the food chain of nearly half a billion people without debate in this case.
Cheryl Preyer of the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture told The Daily Beast recently that “It’s puzzling why there is this focus on insects as food in conspiracy theories at this moment.” But it's not a conspiracy is it?pic.twitter.com/2kxB0dnEGp
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Unelected global elitists at the World Economic Forum have pushed westerners to eat bugs for years.
A recipe posted by Sweden’s leading grocery retailer, ICA, has been widely criticized for its “environmentally friendly” nature. “Insect salad with chili and garlic and roasted vegetables” is the recipe that has come under fire. Mealworms weigh one and three quarter cups.
Sweden’s Leading Grocery Retailer Publishes Recipe with Mealworms