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Facility to make insect-based novel pet food ingredient

A joint venture between a bio-engineering firm and a pet food ingredient maker will focus on black soldier fly (BSF) larvae.

A joint venture between a bio-engineering firm and a pet food ingredient maker will focus on black soldier fly (BSF) larvae, an insect which can serve as a novel pet food ingredient among other uses.

Intrexon Corporation, which works in the engineering and industrialization of biology, and Darling Ingredients Inc., a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from bio-nutrients, formed the partnership. The joint venture, called EnviroFlight, plans to significantly expand production of ingredients for sustainable feed and nutrition derived from black soldier flies. The facility will be the largest commercial-scale BSF larvae production facility in the United States, according to an Enviroflight press release.

At the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting in January, the Ingredient Definitions Committee deliberated on the use of insect ingredients in pet food and other products, reported David Dzanis, DVM, PhD, CEO of Regulatory Discretion, for Petfood Industry.

The Committee indicated that new AAFCO definitions for each insect, type of ingredient (flour, meal, protein concentrate, etc.) and intended species would need to be established first for the insect ingredients to be considered acceptable. To date, only one insect, black soldier fly larvae (AAFCO #T60.117) has been defined, and that is limited to use in salmonid feeds.

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