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SILKWORM PROTEIN TO BE AUTHORIZED IN AQUAFEEDS IN THE EU

Constantin Muraru, communication and research manager at the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) confirmed the use of processed animal proteins (PAPs) derived from silkworm (Bombyx mori) will be authorized in aquaculture feed by the end of the year in the EU, . This approval is part of the regulatory package with the setting of EU baseline standards for insect frass as fertilizer, as part of the EU legislation on animal byproducts. After this authorization, an entry covering “silkworm (Bombyx mori)” will be added to the list covering other species that are already authorized in aquaculture feed as PAPs, including black soldier fly, house fly, yellow mealworm, lesser mealworm and house cricter etc. many research studies showed us of silkworm animal feed (shrimp, sea bream, poultry, etc), evaluating the partial replacement of the main protein-rich ingredient used in animal feed (e.g. Fishmeal etc.). In shrimp, beneficial impacts were noted on diet digestibility, antioxidant capacity and molting time (Rahimnejad et al., 2019).