Poultry International - June 2016 - 14
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Insect protein closer
to be being legal in
EU poultry feed
Studies in Europe, Africa
and China have worked
with the common house
fly reared on poultry
litter, using production
methods adapted to local
Insect-derived protein is a
potential highly digestible and
plentiful feed ingredient, and a number
of companies are helping to bring its
commercial production closer.
Insect-derived protein as a poultry feed ingredient has the potential to not only provide poultry
producers with a new and locally produced ingredient, but its production would help to reduce
the waste produced by poultry, or other food,
There is no widely established
practice of farming insects for use in
animal feed. In Europe, for example,
inclusion of insects in animal diets
is prohibited, meaning that, despite the
possible benefits, insect-derived protein remains
Work to demonstrate the nutritional value and
safety of insect meal, as well as testing of various production models, is ongoing. Two companies recently showcased their approaches at the
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture.
The UK's Fera is working as part of the European
initiative Proteinsect, which has conducted trials and
research in Africa, China and Europe, with production methods tailored to local circumstances.
Insect protein for animal feed
considered in EU
The project has worked with three species of
fly, rearing them on poultry litter. Most work has
been conducted on common house fly larvae,
which take 8-10 days to reach maturity.
Fly larvae are approximately 75 percent protein and 25 percent fat, making them almost as
good as a feed ingredient as fish meal.
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