Feed Strategy - February 2018 - 17
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FeedStrategy ❙ 17
Price remains a problem because insect product production is low, but producers expect exponential growth
in the next 10 years. Actual insect meal production is
mainly used in pet food, as there are no incorporation
limits, or in human food. Furthermore, nutritionists
found solutions to feed fish with more and more cereals
over the past decade. Nowadays, plant proteins account
as a large amount of fish meal replacers.
As the EU loosens regulations on insect
products in aquafeed production, sources
suggest the same may be true for poultry and
swine in 2019. | CreativeNature_nl, iStock
protein in fish feed are already well established; however,
a significant increase in consistent volumes will be needed to convince fish feed producers to reserve silo capacity.
Initially, insect proteins producers presented business plans dedicated mainly to pet food and feed, as
those markets present huge need for proteins.
According to the association's position paper on the
use of insect proteins in animal feed, "IPIFF believes
that insects will soon constitute a reliable alternative or
addition to fish meal feed formula for aquaculture: insect
nutritional characteristics (protein content, amino acid
profile, digestibility level) are indeed comparable to those
of fish meal products, making them a pertinent substitute
or addition in the diet of certain fish species (trout or
Atlantic salmon, for example) or shellfish and shrimp."
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Supporting insect product suppliers
The door is open for those who are committed to
insect meal production.
Europe agreed to let insect products be part of the
"novel food regulation," meaning that any insect product will have to submit a dossier for use in human food.
The agreement will be facilitated with a simplified and
harmonized procedure through a centralized authorization process, relying on the European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA) as the "sole assessment body."
Five European countries, such as Finland and the
U.K., have already accepted insect products for human
food. The new novel food status facilitates the agreement procedure and allows insect product producers
to sell what is already on the market during a one-year
transitional period. However, they must file their dossier before January 1, 2019, to comply with the novel
food law. Thus, the producers will not have to stop
selling what they've already developed (full insects,