The EU approves poo as a novel food


Published 1 April 2023 at 08.25

Foreign. The EU Commission's list of approved new and more sustainable foods, so-called novel food, will be expanded in May. Among other things, excrement from certain animals will be approved as an ingredient in food, according to a press release.

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In a first step, bird excrement from a smaller number of bird species will be approved which are currently listed as endangered.

The spill is classified as “safe food” provided it is heated to at least 145 degrees before use in food products, according to the commission's decision.

Through the decision the commission hopes to stimulate commercial breeding of a number of today's endangered bird species, which can bring them back to a sustainable population level while contributing to a greener and more sustainable food industry.

Researchers who worked on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate for Food Affairs has conducted rigorous testing to ensure the new ingredients are safe for consumption.

The tests showed that the droppings from certain birds are not only safe, but can also improve the flavor and texture of a variety of dishes.


Food manufacturers across Europe are now preparing to launch a range of new products using droppings from Belgian wagtails, French gulls and German great terns in ice creams, pizzas and energy bars, among others.

There are also plans on using the droppings as a natural flavor enhancer in many popular foods and drinks.