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New EU regulation authorising the use of insects’ proteins in aquaculture

In December 2016, EU Member States voted a proposal presented by the European Commission to authorize the use of insect proteins as fish feed in aquaculture. This new

The EU Regulation 2017/893 entries into force as of 1st July 2017 and it is limited to the following species: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens), Common Housefly (Musca domestica), Yellow Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), Lesser Mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus), House cricket (Acheta domesticus), Banded cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus) and Field Cricket (Gryllus assimilis).

These insect’s species can only be fed with ‘feed grade’ substrates such as 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.