Insects are now authorized in feed for farmed fish in the E.U., a move that FEFAC says could further contribute to the sustainable development of E.U. aquaculture.
FEFAC, which represents 24 national associations in 23 E.U. member states, said it welcomed the authorization of a promising alternative source of proteins for animal feeding, particularly fish farming, which requires diets with highly digestible proteins.
Within the current legal framework, the feeding of insects destined to be used as fish feed needs to comply with the same requirements as any conventionally farmed animal, meaning in particular that they may not be fed with catering waste or livestock manure. FEFAC said it believes that this measure is in line with the present state of scientific knowledge and should facilitate the public and market acceptance of insect proteins used as feed.
FEFAC said it welcomes further research into the safety of potential alternative substrates for insect farming, such as materials that are currently not directly useable for feeding fish, poultry or pigs, as also recommended by EFSA in its opinion on the risk profile related to production and consumption of insects as food and feed in October 2015. This may create further added value to proteins derived from farmed insects in the context of boosting circular economies.