Global Bugs

Monthly Archive: November 2016

26th of October: The EU Novel Food Regulation and the Special Case of Insects

On 1 January 2018, Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283 on novel food, replacing the current rules adopted in 1997, will come into application. This new Regulation will introduce a simpler, clearer and more efficient authorisation procedure, fully centralised at EU level. This should enable safe and innovative food to be placed on the EU market faster without compromising a high level of public health.
The new Regulation clarifies that whole animals, such as whole insects, if not consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU prior to 1997, fall under the definition of novel food. Parts of insects (such as legs, wings, head, etc.) are also considered as novel food.
In cooperation with the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thai Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) of the Ministry of Public Health and the Khon Kaen University (KKU), the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand will organise a public conference in Bangkok on 26 October 2016, and a workshop in Khon Kaen on 27 October 2016, on “The EU Novel Food Regulation and the Special Case of Insects”.
These activities aim to establish a common understanding of the relevant legislation applicable to novel food, both in the EU and in Thailand. The programme will support the subsistence costs of 150 participants mainly from the private sector but also from ACFS, FDA and other relevant Thai authorities.

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Insect journal to co-operate with EAAP

The Journal of Insects as Food and Feed (JIFF) will collaborate with the recently appointed Study Commission on Insects of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP).
Last August, at their annual meeting in Belfast, UK, the EAAP announced a new Study Commission on Insects. This Commission will address all questions concerning biomass as substrate for insect rearing, nutritional requirements of insects, insect production, processing methods of insect products, feeding value of insects (products) in animal feed, functional properties of insect products in animal feed, market applications, regulatory issues, consumer acceptance, environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

These topics fit perfectly within the scope of JIFF, the online scientific peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles looking at the multitude of aspects relevant for the utilisation of insects in increasing food and feed quality, safety and security, covering edible insects from harvesting in the wild through to industrial-scale production.

The Study Commission on Insects will organise sessions at the annual EAAP meetings, and the resulting peer-reviewed scientific output will be published in JIFF. The first sessions organised by the Study Commission on Insects will be held during the 2017 EAAP annual meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, 28 August – 1 September.

Dr Teun Veldkamp, a scientist at Wageningen Livestock Research in the Netherlands, is the first president of the new commission. As part of the collaboration with JIFF, he will join the editorial board of the journal. Jørgen Eilenberg, professor at the University of Copenhagen and editorial board member of JIFF since its launch, is also a member of the Study Commission on Insects. The other commission members are Michelle Epstein (Medical University of Vienna), Alessandro Agazzi (University of Milan), Marian Peters (International Insect Centre), Alexis Angot (Ynsect) and Roel Boersma (Protix).

“Growing of insects can be fully considered now as mini-livestock,” says Teun Veldkamp. “It requires multi-disciplinary approaches and EAAP as well as JIFF are essential institutions for science and industry.”


Legalization of insect based meal and the re-introduction of processed animal proteins in poultry feeds

The British Poultry Council (BPC) is calling for the legalization of insect based meal and the re-introduction of processed animal proteins in poultry feeds, as new government figures reveal that poultry feed prices are rising at a higher rate than prices of other livestock feeds.

According to the figures, released by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, average compound feed prices for livestock in Great Britain rose by 75.7% for pig feed, 85.8% for cattle feed, 92.7% for sheep feed and 101.4% for poultry feed from January 2006 to June 2014.

“Poultry producers have seen the highest rise in feed since 2006 compared to other major livestock types. This is largely as a result of poultry meat consumption and production growing faster than other meats, but also due to EU constraints on certain feed sources,” Andrew Large, the BPC’s chief executive, told FeedNavigator.

He added: “Feed costs are rising as a combination of increased demand for feed, poor harvests in recent years and restrictions on what can be included in animal feed in the EU.”

Whilst little can be done to change market drivers such as rising energy prices, a growing global population and pressure on land use, Large insisted that the Government does have control over the range of options feed producers can access when preparing feeds.

“We therefore urge the Government to act to broaden the range of animal feeds that are available,” he said.

Removal of legislative barriers

In order for this to happen, Large acknowledged that legislative barriers needed to be removed at an EU level. “There are a large number of legislative challenges but the main two are the current ban on feeding animal proteins to farm animals and the ban on using both catering waste and manure as a substrate for growing insect larvae,” he said.

The use of processed animal protein (PAP) in farm animal feed was banned in the European Union in 2001, amid fears about its contribution to mad cow disease.

There have since been discussions at an EU level about relaxing the ban to allow the feeding of PAP derived from non-ruminants to non-ruminants of a different species. The use of PAP is now permitted in fish feed, and discussions remain ongoing for pig and poultry.

The BPC supports the re-introduction of PAP in poultry feeds, subject to strict controls.

“The main challenge is ensuring a reliable test is in place to prevent same species material and ruminant material finding its way into poultry feed,” said Large.

Another measure that the BPC believes would keep feed prices in check is the removal of legislative barriers to the use of insect based meals.