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Spain: Parliament proposes consuming cochineal as food with EU authorization

Spain
Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 29, 2024

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All groups in the Canary Islands Parliament, except Vox, have supported this Wednesday a non-law proposal promoted by the PSOE. The initiative was defended by the socialist deputy Nayra Alemán, who recalled that cochineal is the raw product of animal origin. For the Socialist group, obtaining authorization for its consumption as food would provide a boost to this sector.
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All groups in the Canary Islands Parliament, except Vox, have supported this Wednesday a non-law proposal promoted by the PSOE for the European Food Safety Authority to declare cochineal as food, just as it has done with four other insects for commercialization. The initiative was defended by the socialist deputy Nayra Alemán, who recalled that cochineal is the raw product of animal origin obtained in the Canary Islands after the natural drying of the adult females of the hemipteran insect of the coccid family Dactylpius coccus, traditionally known like cochineal Once collected from the prickly pear blades, it is used to extract the natural dye, carmine, which began to be cultivated in the Canary Islands in the first third of the 19th century and its differentiated quality led it to obtain a protected designation of origin in 2016. For the Socialist group, obtaining authorization for its consumption as food would provide a boost to this sector and would increase the capacity of ...
Source: Elapuron
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