Insect Protein Okay for Feed in Europe

European Union member states endorsed a European Commission proposal for the use of insect protein in fish feed. The text is expected to be formally adopted in the spring, which means that insect proteins could effectively be authorized for use in fish feed as of July 1, 2017, according to the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) in Europe.

The European Food Safety Authority in October 2015 concluded that insects fed with plant-based materials post no risk if insect producers comply with best hygiene practices. Looking ahead, IPIFF will pursue efforts toward a possible authorization of insect proteins in other non-ruminant species (e.g., pig and poultry) feed or to allow the use of other “high grade” materials to feed insects.

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