Insects as food not halal; banned in Qatar: MoPH
03 March 2023, 12:00 AM
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM
Qatar has reaffirmed a religious ban on consuming insects in a move that comes after the European Union added new products to its list of approved foods.
The use of insects in food does not meet the Halal food requirements mandated by the country, the ministry noted and added that this was consistent with relevant GCC regulations and the religious opinion of the competent authorities which prohibit the consumption of insects, or protein and supplements extracted from them.
The Ministry of Public Health verifies compliance of food with the halal requirements through Islamic bodies accredited by the ministry, and through its international-accredited laboratories to determine the source of protein contained in food products accurately.
Qatar bans insect foods