Brexit deal ‘bugs’ UK with EU approval for insect-based food products
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In June of 2022, insect producers in Malaysia became eligible to export insect-based material to the EU for the first time, following Malaysia’s inclusion on the list of countries approved to export insects and insect-based products to the EU, joining a small selection of countries including Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and South Korea, with permission to do so.
On February 19, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture approved Nutrition Technologies to export its insectmeal and oil into the EU and UK markets, making it one of a handful of companies around the world, and the first in Malaysia with this level of approval.
Previously only able to access European insect-based products, this development opens the doors for the rapidly growing sustainable pet food sector in Europe to access high-quality, low-energy insect-based materials.
Some critics claim the move to enter the UK market was facilitated by Rishi Sunak’s latest Brexit agreement with the EU, so-called Windsor Framework. The deal will be voted on by MPs in the House of Commons this week.
Barrister Steven Barrett told GB News: “In January we were protected in law from partially defatted cricket powder being put in food.
“If the Windsor Framework passes and the Protocol comes in to force then that falls away.
“Partially defatted cricket powder will be on sale across the UK – GB and NI.”
Brexiteer Robert Kimbell echoed: “The EU is bugging us! And the Conservative Government is fully compliant.”
Nutrition Technologies manufacture and supply insect protein meal, oil and frass (insect manure) to help feed the growing agriculture and feed industries around the world.
Using a combination of beneficial microbes and Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) using a low-energy, zero-waste production model to grow their insects, the larvae are reared on clean and traceable agro-industrial by-products.
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The insect-based products are suitable for application in pet food, livestock and aquatic feed, and have a range of proven functional benefits which improve the animals’ health and growth.
The insectmeal is also suitable for therapeutic applications in pets that have allergies to common petfood proteins such as beef and lamb.
What’s attractive to many manufacturers is the potential impact on GHG emissions that can be achieved through switching to insect-based meats in place of traditional protein sources, as approximately 25 percent of the GHGs associated with meat production is generated through use in petfood.
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Since tropically farmed insects produce a fraction of the GHG emissions of traditional meat – this enables manufacturers to make further improvements to the carbon footprint of petfood production.
The Malaysian insectmeal is produced to the highest international safety and hygiene standards with full batch traceability, where the larvae are fed only vegetable-based agro-industrial materials such as palm and grain by-products.
The insectmeal is fully compliant with EU regulations, and the facility is both GMP and HACCP certified.
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