The Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced on 7 March 2016 that it had created a special pudding with medical function after putting into the raw material list an edible insect called Tenebrio molitor larva.
Tenebrio molitor, commonly known as mealworm, is rich in protein and fat and has long been confirmed by scientists as a good source of nutrients.
The product’s medical function is said to consist in helping people lacking appetite due to illness or post-surgery impact, by ensuring supply of crucial nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fat and certain vitamins. The mealworm pudding may also provide nutrition for people having difficulty ingesting, digesting and absorbing food, children who resist eating and the elderly.
The application of Tenebrio molitor larva in making the pudding product came two days ahead of the insect being officially admitted into the raw material list of Korea Food Code, which has undergone a number of amendments in recent years.
Click here to find the official release of the latest amendment on 9 March 2016.
Also included in the raw material list is two-spotted cricket (see more from Selerant News: Ready for Your Plate of Crickets?). It was the first time in Korea that edible insects have been acknowledged by food regulators for the use in food industry.
With the edible insects formally adopted as raw material in the country’s food regulation, meaning it can be used by food manufacturers now, there is a possibility that more such food containing insects will emerge in the near future as a new trend to exploit the nutrient-rich insect.
What is RDA?
Rural Development Administration is an organization affiliated to the central government, which is responsible for extensive agricultural research and services in Korea. Its aim is to help improve rural environment and promote new farming techniques.
For the original source in Korean language, please go here.
Recent Amendment to Korea Food Code
- added two edible insects as food raw material.
- revised meat and egg processed product type name;
- revised specification of some heavy metals;
- revised the specification of the pesticide residue limits in agriculture products etc.
- expanded the range of products used in deep sea water;
- revised pesticide residue limits in sprouts (bean sprouts);
- established the animal drug residue limits;
- deleted the artificial sweeteners specification used in cookies and breads etc.
- revised requirements for raw materials such as fruit, vegetable beverages;
- established pesticide residue limits in Ginseng, etc.
- established the cadmium standard in fruits and fish;
- revised some pesticide residue limits in food etc.