The recent publication of REGULATION (EU) 2021/1372 of August 17, 2021, in which Annex IV of Regulation (EC) 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council is modified with respect to the prohibition of feeding non-ruminant farm animals, other than fur animals, with proteins derived from animals, authorizes animal proteins derived from insects for the feed of poultry and pigs, under the same conditions as those required for the feed of animals of aquaculture.
Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/893 authorized the use of transformed animal protein from insects and compound feed containing it for feed aquaculture animals.
Four years later and as a result of several scientific opinions issued recently by the Scientific Technical Commission of Biological Hazard Factors (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority, it has been recognized that poultry are insectivorous animals and pigs are omnivores, for what this feed material derived from farm insects does not raise any concern for the health of the animals.
This legislative advance is good news for the agri-food sector, since from a nutritional point of view, transformed animal proteins are an excellent feed material, with a high concentration of highly digestible nutrients, such as amino acids and phosphorus, and a high vitamin content.
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