IPIFF International Conference 2017
Gathered in Brussels for the IPIFF 2017 International Conference, more than 250 participants, including EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Parliament and Estonian Presidency representatives, as well as delegates ranging from insect producers, policy makers, scientists, NGOs and agri-food industry, recalled the potential lying in insects for food and feed. Furthermore, the event raised awareness about the opportunities for insect producers in a European context.
The IPIFF Conference was attended by more than 250 people!
IPIFF's President, Antoine Hubert gives the opening speech.
(from left to right) IPIFF's Vice President, Tarique Arsiwalla and Jean-Charles Cavitte, Research Programme Officer for the European Commission during the Q&As.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety visit the producers' stands outside the Conference.
IPIFF is an EU non-profit organisation which represents the interests of the insect production sector towards EU policy makers, European stakeholders & citizens. Composed of more than 30 members, IPIFF promotes the use of insects & insect derived products as top tier source of nutrients for human consumption & animal feed.
IPIFF main mission is to promote the wider use of insects as an alternative or new source of protein for human consumption and animal feed through continuous dialogue with the European institutions (i.e. the European Commission, the EU Member States authorities, the European Parliament and the European Food Safety Authority). Notably, IPIFF centres its activities around advocating for appropriate EU legislative frameworks to apply to insect production.
The association also supports its members in the effective implementation of EU food & feed safety legislations, such as through the promotion and/or development of shared standards. Most IPIFF members are European small and medium enterprises who produce insects for the European market i.e. start-up companies as well as long-established businesses, who based on their experience in the production of insects (e.g. bio control, pet food, etc.) decided to diversity their activities.