Feed Strategy - February 2018 - 16
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Insect proteins inch toward
approval for EU animal feed
After the authorization for insect proteins in aquafeed in July 2017,
Europe may accept insect proteins for poultry and pig feeds in 2019.
he European Commission is looking to authorize the use of insect proteins in feed for poultry - and perhaps pigs - in 2019, announced
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for
Health and Food Safety, at the first International
Conference on insects for feed and food, organized by
the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed
This move comes as a logical next step after the
Commission's authorization of insect protein for
aquafeed in July 2017.
In the wake of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) crisis, otherwise known as mad cow disease, the European feed sector has lived without animal
meat and meal proteins since 2000. Insects have been
considered animal protein and covered by the TSE regulation, (EC) 999/2001, until amendment 2017/893, which
partially uplifts the feed ban rule, which forbid any use of
animal proteins in animal feed apart from pet food.
Current authorization is limited to seven insect
species: black soldier fly, house fly, yellow mealworm,
lesser mealworm, house cricket, banded cricket and
"Whilst IPIFF does not consider that the total replacement of major [protein] sources such as soy meal
to be realistic, insects may represent a new solution,
notably in a context of increasing EU dependency on
protein imports for animal feed," said Antoine Hubert,
IPIFF president and president of Ynsect, one of the
major insect product producers.
Andriukaitis believes new proteins are needed, but
regulation and technical matters (analysis, for example)
had to be secured before this resource could be tapped.
"You are part of the solution; I count on you,"
Andriukaitis said to the insect protein producers.
Beyond this statement, he confirmed that insect
proteins will not be used in ruminant feeds.
Filling demand for insect protein
Feed manufacturers, represented by the European
Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC), were pleased
with the partial lift of the feed ban, but remain prudent.
On behalf of FEFAC, Ole Christensen highlighted
the aquafeed sector's appreciation for the availability
of an alternative protein source. Regarding the growth
potential of insect protein, he recommended the insect
farming sector to position their product in the market
at the price of average protein materials as opposed to
linking it to the price for fish meal.
Christensen stated the nutritional qualities of insect
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