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IPIFF set to release guidance on insect production best practice

By Jane Byrne contact

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A guide documenting best practice in quality and hygienic insect production is being finalized and is due for release in the coming weeks, says the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF).

That EU umbrella organization, representing the interests of the insect production sector for food and feed, said the publication will be circulated to EU food and feed stakeholder’s associations in the next few weeks prior to public release after the summer.

The Brussels based, IPIFF, held a general assembly meeting Monday [May 28] in Madrid where it elected a new board and unveiled its plans for the next months.

Antoine Hubert, CEO of France based insect protein company, Ynsect, and Heinrich Katz, managing director of Germany’s Hermetia, were re-elected President and Treasurer, respectively, of IPIFF.

The organization said it intends to continue its lobbying for the widening of the use of insect proteins in EU livestock production.

It wants to extend registration for the use of insect derived meal beyond the EU aquaculture sector to EU pig and poultry feed.

Alongside that policy target, the lobby group said it continues to explore potential alternative rearing substrates for insect farming. Currently, only plant based ingredients are allowed for rearing insects in the EU.

IPIFF also said it is organizing a conference in November this year to inform the wider public about the advantages of insect based ingredients as source of proteins in animal feed. This initiative, it said, is linked to the EU protein plan launched by EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, earlier this year.


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