Why selling edible insects is now illegal in the UK?

On 1 February 2020, after years of negotiation, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union. The UK decided to treat insects as novel foods, without transposing the transition measures in its legislation nor taking into consideration the already published EFSA opinions on various edible insects.

This means that, since the end of the Brexit transition period, insects are not regulated nor authorised for sale in the country anymore.

What are the impacts of this situation ? And what can we expect for the future of the British sector?

We summarize the latest UK developments for you in this policy brief.

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