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EDIBLE INSECT GRADING SYSTEM – EIGS Standards

Edible Insect Grading System - CA Below is an outline of the Edible Insect Grading System developed by Entosense, Inc. and used on this website. Since edible insects can range from unidentifiable to whole insects, this grading system will let you know what to expect.

NOTE: This is an open source grading system that can be adopted by any edible insect producer.

Culinary Grade Insects

Culinary grade insects are not perfect. The look of the insect is not as important as Ornamental or Specimen grade. Culinary grade insects are the complete insect but they may be broken in to pieces even to the point of being powder.

Edible Insect Grading System - CC A. Mostly whole and easily identifiable
B. In pieces but generally identifiable
C. Hard to tell what the insect is
D. Crushed or powder

Ornamental Grade Insects

Insects marked as Ornamental Grade are generally complete and in good condition.
Some damage may occur in shipping because they are still packaged as food.

Edible Insect Grading System - CC A. Whole insect
B.
 Minor blemishes or breaks

Specimen Grade Insects

Insects marked as Specimen Grade are complete and carefully packaged.
They can be used as food or for display.

Edible Insect Grading System - CC A. Mounted
B. Unmounted
Developed by Entosense, Inc.
Cricket protein is similar to beef and salmon when it comes to quality protein. It has all of the essential amino acids and is packed with B vitamins with a perfect balance of an Omega 6:3 ratio of 3:1. In addition, crickets have more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. The cricket’s chitin (exoskeleton) is a prebiotic just to top it off. ×
Crickets can be grown using less than 1% of the water needed for an equivalent amount of beef. Insects produce virtually no greenhouse gas when compared to beef and can be grown on bio-waste reducing the need to use land to grow their feed. Bugs are an environmentally friendly food source. ×
Insects need substantially less land than other livestock and can be grown vertically in an urban environment. They are grown humanely and can be grown just about anyplace in the world by households, small farmers and large commercial interests. Insects for food is trend whose time has come... again. ×
Current meat production is unsustainable and the more insects people eat, the less meat they will consume. If we make edible insects a trend in North America and Europe, the rest of the world will follow. ×

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