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Cricket Farm Tour – Is It Safe and Hygienic?

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Cricket Farm Tour – Is It Safe and Hygienic?

We have been getting a lot of questions about the safety and hygiene of cricket farming. It is a novel food so we understand the concerns but as you will see there’s nothing to worry about. Let’s take a closer look at what we do at our farm to ensure our products are safe and nutritious.

What happens to cricket poop?

One question that is especially common has to do with poop. We can’t process every single cricket the way a pig or a cow would be at a traditional farm to make sure the intestinal contents stay out. That’s why we stop feeding our crickets 24 hours before harvesting to ensure their digestive systems are totally empty. This way we avoid any bacteria build up or remaining feed in the cricket flour. Crickets can survive up to 2 weeks without food in nature so this short fast isn’t a big issue for them.

But you should know one more thing about cricket poop. When combined with cricket’s exoskeletons it forms something called “Frass” which can be used as an excellent organic fertilizer for plants. This means that crickets can be a part of a circular economy where they are fed biowaste and they contribute back to plant production in a form of fertilizer.

Multi-step cleaning process

The elimination of poop is just step one in a long process dedicated to hygiene and safety on our farm. When the crickets are harvested, they go through extensive cleaning and sterilization. We use a three-step process for cleaning with UV and filtered water. After that the wet matter is also boiled and later dried and ground.

Quality control

All of these processes are closely monitored and there are several places where we can spot potential issues with quality control and lab tests. We take safety really seriously and that’s why we are the world’s first Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified cricket farm. We have also the highest food safety certifications possible in the food industry.

United Nations recommends cricket protein as safe

Insect farming requires no use of antibiotics and it’s also much safer than cattle or chicken farming in terms of diseases caused by the flu and corona viruses. These are zoonotic diseases, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. We wrote more about this in a previous article. This quote from the UN sums it up nicely.

“Because insects are taxonomically much more distant from humans than conventional livestock, the risk of zoonotic infections is expected to be low (1).”

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Sources:

1)  FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), ‘Edible insects – Future prospects for food and feed security’, Rome 2013, http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf

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Great powedered protein!

This very comparable to the mainstream whey powders from a nutritional content perspective - at 20/25 protein per scoop and ~120/30 kkcal. The taste is super nice! Blended in ~250/300 ml of water its surprisingly thick and smooth, which i like very much. The only minus I can think of is that it takes a bit more "shaking" to blend fully and ensure there are no hard pieces - not a big deal.

Delicious Proteins

I had the starter pack. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.
But lets go through it piece by piece.
Crackers: The crackers of all flavours were very good and crunchy. Only I found them a little bit too salty.
Protein bars (pleasure cricket): They were just perfect, I loved them.
Protein bars (serious): They were very good as well, but could be a little bit sweeter (but than they might not be serious anymore^^)
The protein powder tasted very good. I think it was sweeter than my usually used one(Huel), and did't feel to feed me as good, but still very nice.
The pasta were quite similar to other lentilles pasta, not very special.
I haven't tried the baking powder so far, but looking forward to use it for pancakes or so.

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Excellent flavor and consistency

Chose this for it's sustainable source, because cricket farming is the way of the future. Very happy about taste and consistency.

Schon das 3. mal gekauft

Mein Lieblingsproteinpulver!
Schmeckt sehr schokoladig und süß. Perfekt für nach dem Training 🏋️‍♀️
Ich benutze es auch für Proteincookies und Muffins.