Feed Strategy - February 2018 - 2
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IN THE MIX
BY JACKIE ROEMBKE, EDITOR
US regulations continue
to restrict insect meal usage
In this issue, French journalist Yanne Boloh outlines the European
Commission's moves toward the authorization of insect meal in animal feed,
citing the July 2017 approval of seven species of insects for use in fish feed and
the prospect of approval for poultry by 2019.
In 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved the use of Enterra's
farmed maggots in chicken feed - a first for North American livestock.
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But what about in the United States?
With all the insect meal buzz (no pun intended) in recent years, U.S. producers and nutritionists are curious about the applications and legalities surrounding this novel protein source.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has approved
one insect-based product for the U.S. marketplace, dried black soldier fly larva
raised on feed-grade materials, for use only in aquafeed for salmonids, the
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) reports.
When will other insect species be included? And how long will it take before
they are approved for commercial livestock feed? As of press time, it seems
some aspect of the insect meal-approval issue will be addressed at an upcoming
AAFCO meeting, but the outcome remains to be seen.
Obviously, ingredient safety is paramount - specifically regarding the substrates the insects are fed - but after dictating the proper AAFCO-approved parameters, how long will it take to get production in this segment up and running?
In Europe and Asia, several companies have established their insect processing operations - with major investments on the horizon. In the United States, a
few companies, such as EnviroFlight, are gearing up.
Yes, I've asked more questions than I have provided answers. However, for
the U.S. feed industry to meet the needs of increasing animal production over
the next 30-plus years, it must make significant strides toward developing alternative protein supplies.
Hopefully we get the regulations and infrastructure in place to do so sooner
than later. ■
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