We have a new publication by Fernandez-Cassi et al. on food safety aspects; “Microbial communities and food safety aspects of crickets (Acheta domesticus) reared under controlled conditions”. In this study we investigated the effect of feeding forages preserved in different ways and also the effect of rinsing. We describe the dominant bacterial communities and also that all batches tested negative for the food-borne bacteria Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens. However, crickets fed some diets had Aspergillus flavus. Rinsing in water had no effect. It was concluded that more work is needed to identify specific food-borne pathogens and establish bacterial quality reference values.
We are excited that it is now legal to sell house crickets as food throughout the EU!