Conceptual Paper
Volume 5 Issue 6 - 2020
Legislative Framework Status for Using Insects as a Feed Component Source
Andrea Gross Bošković*
Center for Food Safety, Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food, Croatia
*Corresponding Author: Andrea Gross Bošković, Center for Food Safety, Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food, Croatia.
Received: March 09, 2020; Published: May 29, 2020

In the last decade, the consumption of insects as a source of energy through food and feed has brought important benefits for the environment, economy and securing sufficient amounts of food in the world. Insects are powerful bio-converters that can transform low-quality biomass into nutritionally valuable proteins. In addition, in recent decades, world population has doubled which led to increased food consumption, primarily meat. Therefore, there is a need for additional sources of proteins and other components for fattening animals from sustainable sources which includes farmed insects [1]. The results of studies conducted so far, in which insect meal has been used as a partial or complete replacement of the protein component in standard feeding, differ significantly [2]. Leiber., et al. [3] found that chicken feed containing crude protein originating from Hermetia illucens had similar or better conversion efficacy results compared to soybean proteins. Also, partial replacement of soybean meal with different combinations of alfalfa or pea protein with the proteins originated from Hermetia illucens does not affect the growth performance of fattening chickens compared to standard poultry feed. De Marco., et al. [4] conducted a study on the nutritional value of feed produced from Tenebrio molitor and Hermetia illucens meal used in feeding chickens which showed that both types of feed are valuable sources of readily digestible amino acids as well as metabolic energy. Due to the fact that proteins used in standard fattening are primarily from soy meal, and in a much smaller proportion or very rarely from other sources. Essential amino acids (methionine, tryptophan) had been supplemented as in synthesized forms, which are very expensive, and therefor significantly raise the cost of feed per kg. Therefore, it would be economically viable and environmentally acceptable to find a replacement for the protein component [5,6]. The latest researches are focused on the production of mixtures that would meet the nutritional needs of chickens in fattening by all parameters and which would not adversely affect the quality and safety of poultry meat or consumer acceptance.


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Citation: Andrea Gross Bošković. “Legislative Framework Status for Using Insects as a Feed Component Source”. EC Veterinary Science 5.6 (2020): 62-65.

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