Insects in Food


in leviticus 11:41, we are told, “and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth is a detestable thing; it shall not be eaten.”
any food known to be subject to insect infestation, therefore, cannot be eaten until the insects have been removed.
so, there’s a prohibition against eating insects.
now, more and more processed food has added insects or part of insects in them — and you can read in the newspapers that we should eat insects, they claim insects being nuitricious.
if i got the rabbis right we also should check food bevor preparing it.
how do i avoid insects in my food — or is it allowed to eat food that contains a small amount of insects?



  1. It is prohibited for Jews to eat insects. That is one of the (many) reasons why Jews should only eat foods that have been certified as Kosher by a reputable Kashrut organization – especially processed foods. If the food has Kashrut certification it is usually an indication that there are no bugs in the food – unless the certification states the need to check for bugs.

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