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Qatar reaffirms ban on foods containing insects


After the European Commission authorized the use in food of certain larvae, the emirate supported the opposite ban, under halal regulations.

Qatar, a Gulf country with a Muslim majority, reaffirmed Thursday evening February 2 the religious ban on eating insects, after the addition in early January by the European Union to its list of authorized foods of new products containing them.

The insect-based products do not meet "

the requirements of the technical standards of halal food

", authorized for Muslims, the Qatari Ministry of Health said in a press release.

Gulf Cooperation Council regulations "

and religious advice from competent authorities

" prohibit "

the consumption of insects or proteins and supplements extracted from them

", the ministry added.


According to the press release, this announcement follows "

the decision of some countries to approve the use of insects in food production


The ministry did not name the countries in question, but the European Commission in January approved the use of mealworm larvae, also known

as mealworms

, and a product containing the house locust in food.


Read alsoHow to get rid of insects in a chicken coop?

The EU has now approved four insects as '

novel foods


All products containing insects must be clearly labelled.

Insects have long been an inexpensive source of protein for some communities around the world, and their consumption has expanded due to growing pressure to find alternatives to meat and other foods associated with high levels. of greenhouse gases.

Halal locusts

Islam does not clearly prohibit the eating of insects, according to Muslim theologians.

Most believe that locusts are halal or permitted, as they are mentioned in the Quran, but many Muslim theologians reject other insects as they are considered unclean.

The Ministry of Health clarified in its press release that “

food compliance with halal rules was verified by Islamic organizations accredited by the ministry and by its internationally accredited laboratories


Source: lefigaro

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