AF-15220 Borgen van de veiligheid van insecten (BO-63-001-028, BO-46-002-020, BO-33.04-002-008)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


It is for this reason, that during recent years the safety of the production of insects has gained attention. Several national authorities, including the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, have published a risk assessment on the safety of the use of insects for feed and/or food. EFSA has released on opinion on this topic at the end of 2015. Those reports are based on current (scientific) knowledge, which is - however - very scattered. In particular, little is known about possible chemical and microbiological contamination, as well as possible allergenicity of reared insects. Some literature and case study descriptions are available for insects caught from the wild. This information is, however, limited to some individual species. For reared insects, such information is even more limited. From the available sources, it seems that certain contaminants may be accumulated by insects from their substrates, whereas other contaminants are not (mostly excreted).

Effective start/end date1/01/1631/03/20

Research Output

Tolerance and excretion of the mycotoxins aflatoxin B1, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol, and ochratoxin A by alphitobius diaperinus and hermetia illucens from contaminated substrates

Camenzuli, L., van Dam, R., de Rijk, T., Andriessen, R., van Schelt, J. & van der Fels-Klerx, H. J. I., 24 Feb 2018, In : Toxins. 10, 2, 91.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 24 Citations (Scopus)

    Tolerance of feed regulated mycotoxins by lesser mealworm and black soldier fly from artificially contaminated substrates

    Camenzuli, L., Andriessen, R., van Schelt, J., de Rijk, T. C., van Dam, R. C. J. & van der Fels, H. J., 12 Mar 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic


    • 5 Oral presentation
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Chemical food safety related to using supermarket returns for rearing Hermetica illucens for feed and food uses

    Ine van der Fels-Klerx (Speaker)

    26 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Safety of insects for use in feed

    Ine van der Fels-Klerx (Speaker)

    27 Aug 201831 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Heavy metal and mycotoxin accumulation and excretion in insects for feed and food

    Ine van der Fels-Klerx (Speaker)

    21 Mar 201822 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk