Bread made of insects to be sold by Finnish food company

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Bakers Maria Malinen and Samuli Malmi of the Finnish food company Fazer bake the world's first mass-delivered bread made of insects in the bakery in Helsinki. (Reuters)
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Above, the first mass-delivered bread made of insects by Finnish food company Fazer bakery in Helsinki. (Reuters)
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Above, flour ground from dried crickets and crickets to be used as ingredients for mass-delivered bread at the Finnish food company Fazer bakery in Helsinki. (Reuters)
Updated 23 November 2017
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Bread made of insects to be sold by Finnish food company

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: One of Finland’s largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread.
Markus Hellstrom, head of the Fazer group’s bakery division, says one loaf contains about 70 dried house crickets, ground into powder and added to the flour.
Hellstrom says the crickets represent 3 percent of the bread’s weight.
He said Thursday that “Finns are known to be willing to try new things,” and according to a survey commissioned by Fazer “good taste, freshness” were among the main criteria for bread.
Hellstrom said in a statement that Finnish legislation was changed on November 1 to allow the sale of insects as food.
The first batch of cricket breads will be sold in major Finnish cities Friday.


Colombia rescues 49 women from ‘sexual slavery’

Police officers stand guard next to the area after an attack on the Station of the District San Jose, in Barranquilla, Colombia, in this January 27. 2018 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 August 2018
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Colombia rescues 49 women from ‘sexual slavery’

  • A series of raids linked to the Operation Vesta launched several weeks ago resulted in 18 arrests last month

BOGOTA: Almost 50 women trafficked through underground tunnels to work as nightclub “sex slaves” were rescued from the tourism hotspot Cartagena, Colombian prosecutors said on Monday.
The victims — 26 Colombians and 23 Venezuelans — were allegedly forced into working as prostitutes in nightclub basements connected by a series of tunnels.
They were tricked with false promises of work before being held captive in “precarious conditions,” Attorney General Mario Gomez said in a press conference.
The victims were relieved of their passports and identity cards by a network of pimps engaged in the “sexual exploitation of women.”
A series of raids linked to the Operation Vesta launched several weeks ago resulted in 18 arrests last month.
Gomez said police were hot on the heels of the pimps’ headquarters and said they would be tried for “trafficking people for sexual slavery.”
Gomez said the “geographical corridors close to the Caribbean coast,” including Cartagena, provided the “majority of sexual tourism” in Colombia.
The US State Department has described Colombia as a “source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex and labor trafficking.”