IPIFF's Highlight 

European insect producers welcome the publication of the novel food implementing rules

Brussels, 24 July 2017

IPIFF - the European umbrella Organisation representing the interests of the Insect Production sector for Food and Feed –  welcomed the publication by the European Commission of a ‘package’ of proposals setting out the detailed requirements for the EU ‘novel food’ legislation. The insect producers’ federation now pleads for a rapid adoption of these new rules.  

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This move came after the European Council and the Parliament adopted, in November 2015, a new EU Regulation - i.e. Regulation 2015/2283 - reviewing the current EU legislation on ‘novel foods’ .

Reacting to the publication of these proposals, the IPIFF President Antoine Hubert said: ‘These EU legal texts had been awaited for a long time: so we are pleased with the move made by the European Commission. Bearing in mind that the new EU ‘novel food’ legislation will take effect as from 1 January 2018, insect producers were missing these legal texts to able to complete their application dossier. That’s why we ask the EU Executive to take all necessary steps to ensure that these texts will be rapidly adopted’.

For further information about this Regulation and its consequences for the insect production sector, please contact the IPIFF Secretariat.

European insect producers welcome the new EU legislation authorising the use of insects’ proteins in aquaculture

Brussels, 1 July 2017

IPIFF welcomes the entry into force of EU Regulation 2017/893which permits the use of insect proteins as fish feed.
The unlocking of this EU legislation comes after EU Member States voted a proposal presented by the European Commission in December last year. In the meantime, IPIFF and its members are engaged in the development of a guidance paper documenting best practice in quality and hygienic insect production as a means to assist producers in implementing the newly adopted legislation.

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This authorisation is limited to a list of 7 species (i.e. Black Soldier Fly, Common Housefly, Yellow Mealworm, Lesser Mealworm, House Cricket, Banded Cricket and Field Cricket), which should have been fed with ‘feed grade’ substrates (i.e. 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).

IPIFF President Antoine Hubert commented: “IPIFF and its members are particularly pleased with the opening of this legislation. In our view, it constitutes a major milestone towards the development of the European insect production sector”.

For further information about this Regulation and its consequences for the insect production sector, please contact the IPIFF Secretariat.

IPIFF delegation meets the EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety.

On Tuesday 25 April, a delegation composed by Members of the IPIFF Executive Committee & the Secretariat had a bilateral meeting with the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. The main objective of the meeting was to present the IPIFF association and to give him an insight into the insect production sector. This meeting also offered the opportunity to discuss main EU legislative developments impacting the sector.

From left to right - Mr. Derrien (IPIFF Secretary General), Ms. De Bruin (CEO of Proti-Farm & IPIFF 2nd Vice-President), Mr. Andriukaitis (European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety); Mr. Hubert (CEO of Ynsect & IPIFF President), Mr. Arsiwalla, (Founder of Protix & IPIFF Vice-President).

The European Commission welcomed the steady development of the insects sector and believed that insects offer solutions to the challenges presented by global population growth and increase in protein demand.

The EU Commissioner and the attending officials also offered their assistance to help producers make full use of the business opportunities emerging from the EU regulatory framework for food & feed. 

European Commission delegation visits one IPIFF member production facilities: Micronutris 

On Thursday 9 February, two officials from the DG SANTE’s services (European Commission) visited Micronutris’ production facilities. Micronutris is an IPIFF company member located in South West France, active in the breeding and processing of insects for food consumption. This visit - organized under the auspices of the IPIFF association - offered Micronutris the opportunity to showcase innovative production techniques in the area of insects’ rearing and to demonstrate full compliance to quality and safety standards whilst outlining the commercial opportunities for this sector. For more information, read our February Newsletter.

European insect producers highlights a major decision allowing wider use of insect proteins for animal feed.

On Tuesday 13 December 2016, the EU Member States representatives endorsed a European Commission proposal which was discussed today in a meeting of the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF). The text is expected to be formally adopted during the spring 2017, which means that insect proteins should be effectively authorized for use in fish feed as from 1st July 2017.

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Events & Meetings

Timetable for forthcoming events and/or meetings:

INSECTINOV 2017 - International Conference on Insect production
Nutrition - Applications - New industries - Biocitech Romainville - Grand Paris, 10 - 12th of October 2017.


21 November 2017

IPIFF International Conference

We are delighted to invite you to IPIFF International Conference titled: 'Insects for food & feed: Opportunities for tackling societal challenges'
taking place on 21 November 2017, from 9:00 to 18:00.

The event organized by the EU umbrella organisation for the insect production sector. Bringing together insect producing companies, high level representatives from EU institutions, industry & consumers’ representatives, this conference aims to take stock of relevant EU legislative developments nad explore future opportunities on the use of insects for food or feed applications. Commissioner Andriukaitis will deliver the keynote speech.

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