This SUSINCHAIN one-day workshop was implemented virtually on 7 October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the goal of discussing the most relevant supply-side barriers to large-scale commercialisation of insect proteins in Europe and its potential solutions, the workshop gathered 70 participants online into six working groups with specific topics for discussion: rearing of insects, insect storage & processing, use of insects in feed, use of insects in food, safety, and sustainability.
The workshop has led to very interesting discussions across diverse topics, in particular highlighting discrepancies in EU and national regulations and interpretations. In addition, the following topics were highlighted as focus points:
➡️ Standardisation & harmonisation
➡️ Use of media and approaching consumers (in both feed and food markets)
➡️ Lack of knowledge on safety
➡️ Need for regulation covering insects specifically, taking into account the differences among insect species
➡️ Health and nutrition aspects related to animal feed
With this online survey, that should take around 45 minutes, SUSINCHAIN wants to identify all past barriers and future risks related to upscaling the insect value chain in order to find the best strategies to overcome these.
The target group of the survey are companies which are rearing or processing insects, using or interested in using insect protein for food and feed, business associations and research organisations.
Please choose below the area you are most interested in and click on the referred link to complete the survey:
A SUSINCHAIN workshop with the focus on setting quality criteria for insect-based food products (under Work Package 5 (WP5) – Insects as Food) was held in DTU Skylab, Copenhagen on the 22 – 24 January 2020.
The key outcome of the workshop will be a set of specifications defining quality criteria for taste, texture, appearance, packaging, labeling, nutritional properties and food safety.
Additional aims were to share information and inspiration for the development of the best possible insect-based food products for the menu to be tested in consumer studies in Denmark and Portugal and to establish mutual understanding of the criteria for the successful implementation of WP5 and the responsibilities for reaching the goals.
The workshop was led by Associate Professor Nanna Roos from the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen and co-organised by Roberto Flore, Manager DTU Skylab Foodlab.
The workshop was attended by SUSINCHAIN partners working on the six different insect-based food products. The workshop was held successfully and the aims of the workshop were achieved and will be used as the basis for the next main activities on the WP5.
SUSINCHAIN project is feautured on the CORDIS news article titled: “The Susinchain project studies insects as a new qualitative source of protein to open itself to new markets for feed and human diets”.
The article is written by one of SUSINCHAIN´s project partner, Leitat.
SUSINCHAIN is featured in an article on the Horizon, The EU Research and Innovation Magazine titled “Insects could help increase Europe’s food self-sufficiency but will they catch on?”. The article talked about the project focusing on boosting the quantity of insects produced in Europe by improving technologies and developing new techniques. The link for the article can be found here.
The BiiF, or Belgian Insect Industry Federation, is an international branch association, originally founded in Belgium. It brings together actors (commercial or not) of the edible insects market, both in terms of human consumption (FOOD) and animal consumption (FEED). The members are from all over Europe. The BiiF is committed to help and support them. In recent years, the BiiF has focused primarily on the human consumption side. There was a strong need for knowledge in that area, not only companies but also governments and food and commodity organizations lacked knowledge. The BiiF has taken up this challenge by establishing an interest group that wants to work together to achieve something. BiiF is proudly making progress with more than 50 members. Companies that focus on Feed or other markets are also welcome to join BiiF.
Contact: Belgian Insect Industry Federation (BiiF) email@example.com www.biif.org
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