The program for insect food quality
We are an independent organization, certifying the quality of food and beverage products, containing edible insects. Certified products are safe and sustainable. The ENTOTRUST seal is assigned only to those products complying with strict requirements.
- What drives us -
A world where edible insects will supply healthy food, making high value proteins accessible to a wider population with important environmental and social benefits.
- Why we exist -
Recognize worthy producers. Stand for consumers health.
ENTOTRUST mission is to recognize quality insect products. Nudging the people decision when buying innovative food and working with our network to improve knowledge.
- The program principles -
The program, based on international food and sustainability standards, follows the principles of:
We participate in research on insects farming and processing. Want to take part? write us.
Tell about your quality.
We support producers to be unique and preferred.
Insect food industry is growing, farmers and manufactures are entering the market. We confirm the quality of products and processes, through the ENTOTRUST audit. We advise for improvements.
ENTOTRUST is the international voluntary program to certify manufactures and farms. Last certified producers.
Eat good food.
We stand for consumers information and health.
In the growing offer of insect based food, consumers may need guidance in their shopping choices to avoid surprises, potentially harmful. In shops or online, the guarantee is not always clear.
ENTOTRUST seal on the packaging is the consumer reference to buy safe and high quality products.
Passion for high quality food.
It all started with our founders, international citizens and sustainability ambassadors.
They realized that transparency on food origin, quality and environmental care are must.
Who is valuing conscious producers?
There was a need for an independent organization to promote good practices.
We are a group of experts in quality assurance, biology, nutrition, international operations and innovation management. Our code of conduct: download.
Industrial Designer, experienced in product development and manufacturing. After graduation at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, she earned her Master in Design in Milan, Italy. Worked for international brands and managed a science publishing company focused on tropical species. She successfully led the go-to-market of product lines. Capable manager and forward thinker, she envisions a future of healthier food for many.
Phd and Veterinary scientist expert in the safety and legislative aspects of edible insects. He collaborated in scientific reports by EFSA and OIE. Degree in Veterinary medicine at the University of Padua, specialized in Inspection of food, and PhD in Veterinary Science. More than six years as veterinary researcher at IZSV Italy where he has dealt with: food microbiology, nanotechnology, novel food, microbiological risk assessment and systematic review methodology. He has authored and peer-reviewed several publications in scientific journals, books and monographs.
Network and PR
Loredana has always been into food quality, and after achieving the SFAM Placement Scholarship to identify the antibiotic resistance genes in unknown samples of bacteria, from different food samples, she is now at the Food Science GCU (Scotland), studying food marketing, while obtaining the latest HACCP auditor certificate. Her passion for the insects' alternative was triggered after having personally tested to live one month on insect food, and it worked fine! since then she actively promotes more sustainable food habits and lifestyle.
Operations and governance
MBA with more than 15 years in food and retail. He takes care of our continuous development and stakeholders relationships. Focused on innovation and product development, operations and quality in different industries as well as TLC. He is a serial traveler and explorer, triggered by wilderness, local traditions and food discoveries.
PhD in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Charlotte has done research on several aspects of insects as food, including the nutritional composition and role of wild and farmed species, as well as the sustainability of their cultivation and collection. She has done fieldwork in Japan, Congo, Mexico and Zimbabwe. Her current activity is with Springer, and she also works with Insects and People of the South Indian Ocean. She loves insects and people.
Senior manager, confirmed bicultural in Italy and France, obsessed by consumer demand analysis and a trailblazer. Master at L. Bocconi University Milan Italy, he was Marketing Direction and CGO officer in various multinational firms in the last 20 years. Based in France he focuses on network development and partnerships building.
ENTOTRUST. Sustainable safe
10 times less land occupied
Per unit of weight of mealworms protein versus cow
(source: Oonincx, De Boer)
at least 2000 times less water
The water resource ratio to obtain the same amount of cricket proteins vs. beef
(source: various on 'virtual water' concept)
9.7 BILLION HUMANS
Expected world population in 2050
(source: United Nations DESA)
14 times less CO2
Livestock sector, generates 18% of greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent
(source: FAO. Steinfeld et al.)
Cadmium is a carcinogenic substance particularly toxic for kidney.
Cadmium can persist in kidney for up to 30 years.
Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to children.
Insect may carry and be contaminated by.
Listeria monocytogenes are widely distributed in nature and can contaminate foods.
Listeria can cause hepatitis and meningitis.
Salmonella is the most frequent foodborne pathogen at global level. 15% of foodborne diseases without cure.
Preventive measures along the food chain are must.
Insect protein can trigger allergic reactions due to a potential cross-reaction with crustaceans and house dust mites allergy.
These allergies are among the most common in food and cause for allergic people to visit emergency units.
Clear labelling and information are must.
Are carcinogenic substances produced by mold during improper storage.
A toxic metabolite produced by organisms of the fungus kingdom and is capable of causing serious disease. 1 of 10 unsolved foodborne diseases is attributed to mycotoxins.
Not eliminated through ordinary cooking.
Another insect is EU approved!
Locusta migratoria hits the market
The EU Commission in November 2021 authorised frozen, dried and powder forms of Locusta migratoria as a food (detail here).
Another achievement towards the wider adoption of insect based alternative proteins, thank to the application of the company Fair Insects located in the Netherlands. Albeit being an exclusive authorisation to "the applicant’s file for the sole use of the applicant” it does not prevent others from applying for the same novel food. Let’s stay tuned.
Credits: EU Commission, 2021.
Australia one step ahead
A roadmap for strategic growth of the edible insects industry
Alternative proteins are flourishing, veggie is the low hanging fruit, but insect proteins in a wider number of countries become the real alternative and a cultural change.
We recommend the report by CSIRO, Australia’s national science organization, which identifies the challenges and opportunities for the Australian edible insect industry providing a detailed framework for all stakeholders. Australia is well positioned to contribute to the edible insect market with a tradition of agricultural innovation and bio-diversity. Download the report.
Credits: CSIRO, Dr Rocio Ponce-Reyes, Dr Bryan Lessard.
Why social fairness in insect food?
Upcoming human rights rules
The EU is planning to introduce mandatory human rights due diligence regulations. Many governments will be serious about addressing working conditions in supply chains. The insect food industry must avoid the pitfall of other food chains. The new laws would require retailers to show that suppliers adopted must have social standards. A relevant part of the ENTOTRUST assessment is to verify social fairness. Read the full article here.
Insect food approved by European FSA
Tenebrio molitor stated safe, finally
13 January 2021 can be considered a historical day in Europe for insect food. In fact, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a positive assessment of Tenebrio molitor paving the way for a wider EU consensus, where some countries still ban its commercialization. The novelty of using insects in food is more than a trend, and the EFSA’s evaluation is essential for the policymakers who will decide for the wider EU market authorization in the next months.
Credits: EFSA, all rights reserved. The EFSA Journal.
Certified macarons for retail!
Retailer Kaufland introduced since April insect-based food items
The German retailer started to introduce in Croatia a selection of insect food products, described as 'healthy, eco-conscious, and highly nutritious’ emphasising the sustainability dimensions.
Mealworm powder is the key ingredient of the biscuits line produced by MINUS FARM. The almond macarons, brown sugar speculoos and shortbread chocolate biscuits are Entotrust certified.
Credits: Virginie Mixe, co-founder. minusfarm.fr
Consumers prefer evident quality
54% of consumers look for reassurance on pack
Over the last years, and nowadays with stronger emphasis on food safety and "earth care", a certification on packaging, which is not an obscure code, gives value to the product in consumer's perception. Studies confirm that preference is given to those products carrying quality certifications. Such labels on packaging provide proof of marketing statements, gain visibility and purchase. Read the full article.
Credits: Mauro Bianchi, all rights reserved.
The central value of alternative food
Eco-nutrition is the concept supported by the IN Insect-Nutrition team. Their 100% cricket powder embodies the renovated value of food for human health, environmental defence and ethical consumption.
Now ENTOTRUST certified for its high quality and sustainable farming. It is an alternative protein naturally rich in fibres, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and B12 vitamin. Adaptable ingredient in daily diets, ready to eat or in preparations for bakery, fitness programs or gourmet inspiration.
Credits: IN Insect Nutrition, insectnutrition.mx.
Covid and food
Food itself is not a source of infection
With the hope of a definitive solution to the pandemic, good news is that the virus is not transmitted by food, both EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas and US FDA agree. This is valid also for insect-based foods, as confirmed by a recent review (Maciel-Vergara & Ros, 2017), when proper food handling and processing practices are applied. Stay healthy. Read the full article.
Credits: Entotrust team, all rights reserved.
Certified juices for vitality
Crickets are very rich in B12 vitamin
The Danish team Syngja developed natural juices, with organic fruits, vegetables, and cricket powder. The refreshing and tasty shots, available in 3 flavours, offer an everyday boost for vitality and energy. The cricket powder and its B12 content constitute a key element for human health. The newly achieved Entotrust certification confirms safety, health and low environmental footprint.
Credits: Jakob Rukov founder. Syngja.dk
Summit for food innovation. UK
New thinking. Game changing. Future making.
Entotrust is official supporter of the Food Matters Summit, first event of its kind in the UK, connecting organisations across the food supply chain, bringing together disruptive innovators and multinational companies. Carefully curated content will be delivered by a cast of 100 international speakers. Themes include:
Visit: www.foodmatters.co.uk Join the event ask for the ENTOTRUST member pass.
Certified, front runner Canadian farm
Earth preservation through alternative proteins
Since 2014, Entomo Farms has been developing large scale cricket farming. The protein powder is for B2B and for end consumers.
Entomo Farms is the largest scale farm of crickets in North America.
They choose Entotrust to confirm their high standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. Entotrust certifies the whole chain from farm to fork, as a guarantee for consumers and in recognition of high quality food products..
Credits: Kelly Hagen, COO. Entomofarms.com
Insetec 2019, Brazil
Production technologies, environment and nutrition.
November 6th-8th. Entotrust joins the first Brazilian conference on edible insects, originated by ASBRACI and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). In the agenda: Ethno-Entomology, Entomoculture and Technologies (production, management, environment and techniques of processing, scale and associated biotechnologies); Food and Feed (quality and composition, storage and conservation); Market and Legislation.
Zophobas for haute cuisine. Certified
The starred chefs choice in Mexico
ZOFO is the brand name of oven dried and naturally spiced Zophobas morio developed by Chikle Project in Mexico. Available in 3 flavors and a unique salt mix, it is produced in the first Cancun insects farm already operating at scale, and recently ENTOTRUST certified. The chefs professional community already recognized outstanding taste and inspiration, while ENTOTRUST confirmed food safety and operations sustainability.
Credits: Andre Demontigny, Managing Director. zofo.mx
Research presented at Insecta 2019, Germany
Entotrust collaboration on insects authenticity
The food technology lab of Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Italy, presented the poster at the INSECTA 2019 expert conference in Potsdam, 5-6 September 2019. The pilot study, still ongoing, is aimed at evaluating the possibility of applying DART-HRMS to insect powder for authenticity purposes and it is carried out in collaboration with the Entotrust network. Entotrust was also sponsor of the conference. Download
Credits: Simone Belluco, IZSdV, all rights reserved.
Certified crickets under the baobab
Food security goes with wildlife future
Madagascar’s biodiversity is threatened by the rising demand for food, farming and wild lemur hunting, nowadays only 10% of natural habitat remains. But, how to cope with the world’s fourth highest rate of malnutrition? The IPSIO group of experts, Insects and People of the Southwest Indian Ocean, developed in the last 2 years a program to farm local insects for food purposes. ENTOTRUST contributed assessing the farm and processes, providing recommendations and certification of the key product: cricket protein powder. The Valala Farm is located in the Madagascar Biodiversity Center, Antananarivo.
A Malagasy proverb speaks “Valala iray hifanapahana” I have only one cricket but I will break it in half to share.
Credits: Brian Fisher coordinator. ipsio.org
Certified cricket... crackers
UK firm innovates ubiquitous US bread
Four flavours crackers by Cricke' have achieved the ENTOTRUST certification. The reengineered flat bread offers a contemporary and versatile source of protein. Assessed safe and sustainable, they scored utmostly low GHG emissions, 0,12 kg/year CO2. Check the co-founder video >
Credits: Edoardo Imparato, co-founder. crickefood.com
Great nutrients and taste available all year
Fasopro, the shea-tree caterpillars manufacturer achieved the Entotrust certification. Based in Burkina Faso, with the mission to create a source of income for rural women involved in the seasonal collection, thus allowing the availability of this tasty and nutritious food all the year. The products and processes, from collection to packaging, have showed to be safe and highly sustainable.
Credits: Kahitouo Hien, founder and GM. fasopro.bf
Certified Chapulines from Mexico
Millenary tradition encounters new food habits
Merci Mercado achieved the ENTOTRUST certification for food safety and sustainability. The wild collection of seasonal grasshoppers respects insect lifecycle, and allows local population to gain a fair extra income. A responsible product that truly matches tradition, nutritional richness and taste. Check the co-founder video >
Credits: Nahabi V. and Laurence H. mercimercado.com
Prevention through insects
Antioxidants groundbreaking new study
Eating insects may be recommended for cancer prevention. An Italian study demonstrated that insects contain high concentrations of antioxidants. Prof Mauro Serafini reports that "in the future, we might adapt dietary regimens for insect rearing in order to increase their antioxidant content”.
Credits: University of Teramo, M.S., all rights reserved.
2019 starts with safe & sustainable MOLITOR
The Minusfarm Molitor comes from a responsible farm that has been independently certified to the ENTOTRUST quality standards. This insect food has met the ENTOTRUST food safety and sustainability requirements for farming and manufacturing. See here the video >
Credits: Virginie Mixe, co-founder. minusfarm.fr
More light on nutritional composition
Wild harvested insects study. 2018
We recommend this new study regarding wild harvested edible insects. With potential to contribute to nutrition security, yet the nutritional composition is often unknown. The study investigated the nutritional composition of wild harvested Eulepida mashona and Henicus whellani and its variation in different harvest places.
Credits: Faith A. Manditsera, Pieternel A. Luning, V. Fogliano, C.M.M. Lakemond.
First certified functional drink
Innovation from silkworm peptides
Avaento is the company that developed the first beauty drink with silkworm peptides, Chrys Mei. The birth of this drink is the combination of traditional farming of silkworms and the latest food technologies. Rigorous processes and consistent quality are confirmed by ENTOTRUST.
Credits: Avaento Inc., Zilu Wan.
Read on insects sustainability
Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems. 2018
The book takes a multi-disciplinary approach to analysing how insects contribute to food systems around the world. Includes unique research on multiple countries. Features state-of-the-art research on farmed, semi-cultivated and wild insect species.
Springer Publishing. Editors: Halloran, A., Flore, R., Vantomme, P., Roos, N.
Future Food Vision
Growing population calls for new options
As we struggle to feed our growing population, here is how the champions of technology are going to shape our food. A short tutorial explaining nutrition alternatives and applied sciences.
Credits: Astrolabe, all rights reserved.
Papers and scientific references
Papers for download
The following titles can also be requested via email. Here.
Ecosystem Services from Edible Insects in Agricultural Systems: A Review. Charlotte L. R. Payne 1,* and Joost Van Itterbeeck.
ENTOTRUST ist die freiwillige Zertifizierung von Insekten als Lebensmittel, mit der Hersteller die Lebensmittelsicherheit und Nachhaltigkeit ihrer Produkte bewerten können. Die Mission von ENTOTRUST ist es, die Qualität von Lebensmitteln mit essbaren Insekten zu erkennen und das Vertrauen der Verbraucher zu stärken. Das ENTOTRUST Logo darf nur von zertifizierten Lebensmittelherstellern und Landwirten verwendet werden. Das ENTOTRUST Programm lockt eine Welt an, in der Insekten gesunde Lebensmittel und hochwertige Proteine bereitstellen, die einer breiteren Bevölkerung zugänglich sind und ökologische und soziale Vorteile bieten.
ENTOTRUST est une démarche volontaire de certification des aliments à base d'insectes comestibles. ENTOTRUST a pour mission d’évaluer la sécurité et la durabilité des aliments que les producteurs leur soumettront. Le logo ENTOTRUST ne peut être utilisé que par les fabricants de produits alimentaires certifiés et les agriculteurs. Le programme ENTOTRUST envisage un monde où les insectes fourniront des aliments sains et des protéines de grande valeur, accessibles à une population plus large et soucieuse des grands enjeux environnementaux et sociaux de notre monde.
ENTOTRUST is het vrijwilligersinitiatief voor de certificering van voeding op basis van insecten, die producenten in staat stelt voedselveiligheid en duurzaamheid te beoordelen. Het is de missie van ENTOTRUST om kwaliteitsnormen rond eetbare insecten voor klanten herkenbaar te maken. Het ENTOTRUST logo mag alleen door gecertificeerde voedselproducenten en telers worden gevoerd. Het ENTOTRUST programma beoogt een wereld waar insecten een bron zijn van gezonde voeding en hoogwaardige proteïnen voor een breed publiek. Met belangrijke voordelen voor mens en milieu.
ENTOTRUST es la certificación voluntaria de alimentos a base de insectos comestibles, que permite a los productores evaluar la gestión de seguridad alimentaria y sostenibilidad de los mismos. La misión de ENTOTRUST es reconocer alimentos de calidad a base de insectos comestible. El logotipo de ENTOTRUST solo puede ser utilizado por productores y criadores de alimentos certificados. El programa ENTOTRUST visualiza un mundo donde los insectos proporcionaran alimentos saludables, proteínas de alto valor, accesibles a una población más amplia con beneficios ambientales y sociales.
ENTOTRUST è la certificazione volontaria degli alimenti a base di insetti, che consente ai produttori di valutarne la sicurezza e la sostenibilità ambientale. La missione di ENTOTRUST è di riconoscere e segnalare prodotti di qualità a base di insetti commestibili. Il logo ENTOTRUST può essere utilizzato solo dai produttori ed allevatori certificati. Il programma ENTOTRUST prevede un mondo in cui gli insetti forniranno alimenti salutari, proteine di alto valore, accessibili per gran parte della popolazione, con benefici ambientali e sociali.
ENTOTRUST เป็นการรับรองโดยสมัครใจสำหรับอาหารแมลงที่ช่วยให้ผู้ผลิตเพื่อความปลอดภัยของอาหารและการพัฒนาอย่างยั่งยืน สามารถใช้โลโก้ ENTOTRUST โดยผู้ผลิตอาหารที่ได้รับการรับรองและเกษตรกรที่ได้รับการรับรอง. โปรแกรม ENTOTRUST สนับสนุนโลกที่มีโปรตีนมูลค่าสูงสำหรับประชากรในวงกว้างที่มีผลประโยชน์ด้านสิ่งแวดล้อมและสังคม
ENTOTRUST это добровольная сертификация продуктов питания для насекомых, которая позволяет производителям оценивать безопасность и соответствие требованиям защиты окружающей среды пищевых продуктов. Миссия ENTOTRUST - узнавать качественную пищу на основе съедобных насекомых. Логотип ENTOTRUST может использоваться только сертифицированными производителями продуктов питания и фермерами. Программа ENTOTRUST представляет мир, в котором насекомые будут поставлять здоровую пищу, высококачественные белки, доступные для более широкой популяции с экологическими и социальными преимуществами.
ENTOTRUST (엔토트러스트)는 곤충식품 생산자의 제품 안정성과 지속가능성을 평가하는 자발적 제품인증 규격입니다. ENTOTRUST (엔토트러스트)의 주된 과업은 식용곤충을 원료로 하는 식품의 품질 인증입니다. ENTOTRUST (엔토트러스트) 로고는 인증을 통해 안정성이 확인된 식품생산자와 곤충사육농가에서만 사용될 수 있습니다. ENTOTRUST (엔토트러스트) 프로그램은 고단백질의 건강한 먹거리인 곤충식품을 보다 많은 전 세계 사람들에게 친환경적이며 사회적편익을 창출하며 제공하게 되는 세상을 지향합니다.