The 17th August of 2021 the EU Commission made public the amending Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the prohibition to feed non-ruminant farmed animals, other than fur animals, with protein derived from animals, which now authorises insect proteins in poultry and pig feed. Prior to the entry into force of this piece of legislation, the use of insect proteins was not allowed in the European Union Member States – with the exception of the aquaculture and pet food market, feed for fur animals and other nonfood producing animals as defined in article 18 of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009.

Soon after, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed -an EU non-profit organisation which represents the interests of the insect production sector towards EU policy makers, European stakeholders and citizens- published a press release with relevant comments:

Our sector warmly welcomes this final step in the authorization process of insect proteins in poultry and pig feed

IPIFF’s President, Adriana Casillas, International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed

This legislative reform brings new opportunities for the poultry and pig sectors alike, as insects represent a natural high-quality source of proteins for non-ruminant animals

Christophe Trespeuch, Chair of the IPIFF Working Group on Feed Hygiene and Animal Nutrition, International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed

IPIFF sees the update as an instrumental step in upscaling the European insect sector, an approval that will contribute to accelerating progress on the ‘Farm to Fork’ objectives – as it will play a role in fostering circularity in food production, while improving the sustainability and self-sufficiency of the European livestock sector.

The legislation has been in force since late September.

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