Commission formally adopts Regulation that approves insect meal in aquafeed

On 24 May 2017, the European Commission formally adopted Regulation (EU) 2017/893, which authorizes the use of insect processed animal proteins (insect PAPs) in feed for aquaculture animals as from 1 July 2017.

The authorisation is limited to a list of 7 species (i.e. Black Soldier Fly, Common Housefly, Yellow Mealworm, Lesser Mealworm, House Cricket, Banded Cricket and Field Cricket). They can only be fed with ‘feed grade’ substrates (i.e. vegetal origin materials or with a limited number of animal origin materials, incl. fishmeal, blood products from non-ruminants, egg and eggs products, milk and milk based products, honey, rendered fats). The amendment to the regulation on processed animal proteins tackles the horizontal slaughterhouse requirement for farm animals that applied to insect farming, which meant insects needed to be slaughtered in officially registered slaughterhouse before the processed protein could be used in aquafeed. The FEFAC Fish Feed Committee will discuss the development of insects use in aquafeed at its meeting on 22 June 2017.