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Webinar: Safety & Regulatory of Novel Protein Sources

While facing climate change and natural resource scarcity, ensuring sufficient, nutritious, safe and affordable food to a fast growing world population with changing dietary habits becomes increasingly challenging. The protein supply is in this respect most critical. Integration of a variety of new or alternative protein sources from both terrestrial and aquatic origin into new and/or existing processes or products needs to be explored, in order to develop and ensure more sustainable, resilient supply chains, featuring high consumer acceptability by a clean labelling approach and attractive market opportunities.

Sharing this goal, the EU H2020 funded projects NextGenProteins, ProFuture, smart protein and SUSINCHAIN launch Horizon4Proteins, a Webinar series – starting on 13th December 2021 — to work together in key aspects such as: Consumer acceptance of alternative proteins, Safety and Regulatory challenges, Food applications, and Sustainability. Horizon4Proteins invites researchers, farmers, producers and policymakers to join the conversation and contribute to the present and future of the sector.

Get involved in the Horizon4Proteins!

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required prior to the event.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3lAay9G

 

Agenda:

10:00 – 10:10 | Introduction – Birgir Örn Smárason (NextGenProteins)

10:10 – 10:30 | Regulatory challenges of alternative proteins – Prof. Sveinn Agnarsson (NextGenProteins)

10:30 – 10:50 | Chemical safety of insects – Prof. Ine van der Fels-Klerx (SUSINCHAIN)

10:50 – 11:00 | Q&A – Discussion around prioritised questions posed by the audience

 

Speakers:

Prof. Ine van der Fels-Klerx

Expertise group leader Agrochains, Special professor Food Safety Economics, Department of Business Economics, Wageningen University

Prof. Sveinn Agnarsson

Professor of economics at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Iceland. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Gothenburg and a BA in history from the University of Iceland. His research deals primarily with fisheries and resource utilisation and he has taken part in several international projects in that area.

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SUSINCHAIN workshop on “Supply-side Barriers to large-scale commercialisation of insect proteins in Europe”

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
  • ➡️ Bulk markets vs Speciality markets
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SUSINCHAIN is conducting an online survey on production and commercialization of insect proteins

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:

If you have any questions regarding the survey or the study, please do not hesitate to contact:

Ms. Hilde Niyonsaba | PhD Business Economics | Wageningen University
Telephone             +31 (0) 6 1202 8010
Mail                        hilde.niyonsaba@wur.nl

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SUSINCHAIN Workshop on Setting Quality Criteria for Insect-Based Food Products held in DTU Skylab Copenhagen

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.

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SUSINCHAIN featured on EU CORDIS news

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.

Read here for the full article.

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SUSINCHAIN featured on Horizon – The EU Research and Innovation Magazine

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.