Insect Feed for Broilers Approved in Canada

CANADA - A feed company has received regulatory approval for use of its Whole Dried Black Soldier Fly Larvae as a feed ingredient for poultry broilers.
calendar icon 25 July 2016
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“This is a significant step forward,” says Victoria Leung, marketing and operations manager for Enterra Feed Corporation. “We can now offer a renewable protein alternative to those companies manufacturing and retailing chicken feed.”

Enterra’s manufacturing process at its facility in Langley, BC involves breeding and raising black soldier fly (BSF) larvae, and feeding them pre-consumer food waste that would otherwise go to landfill, composting or waste-to-energy operations where the food nutrient value would be lost.

The company said BSF larvae are an ideal candidate for rearing as a feed ingredient as they consume a wide range of pre-consumer waste food (e.g. waste fruits, vegetables, stale bread, grains, grocery store waste), are native to North America, do not bite or sting, are high in protein and fat, and grow rapidly under controlled conditions.

Although insects make up an important part of the diet of poultry in the wild, they had not been approved as a feed ingredient in animal production in North America until this year.

The approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) comes after four years of work, during which time the CFIA reviewed Enterra’s product as a Novel Feed Ingredient, including a complete assessment of product safety (to livestock, workers, food and the environment), and a data review.

Other insect products are in development at the company.

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