Cicada tacos

Chef de Cuisine Tobias Padovano, of Cocina on Market, displays a pair of cicada tacos Friday morning, which the Loudoun County Health Department said could not be served unless the insects were sourced from an approved food source.

As millions of cicadas emerged in Loudoun County last week, Chef Tobias Padovano at Cocina on Market in Leesburg began foraging for the insects and serving them in tacos.

However, one customer who ordered and ate the cicada tacos complained to the Loudoun County Health Department, which then told the restaurant to stop serving them.

Cicada Tacos

The cicada tacos at Cocina on Market had to be taken off the menu until the Loudoun County Health Department signs off on the source of the insects.

Victor Avitto, an environmental health supervisor with the Loudoun County Health Department, told the Times-Mirror that the cicadas need to be sourced from an approved food source, and only then it will be fine to serve them.

"They need to be sourced from a farm that is inspected and certified," he said.

Padovano says he has found an organic farm in West Virginia where he can  source the cicadas, and is hoping the health department will approve it by Saturday so the tacos can go back on the menu.

"We are waiting for authorization," he said.

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