INSECTENTEELT OP WETTELIJK NIET TOEGESTANE RESTSTROMEN
Onderbenutte reststromen zoals voedselresten, slachtbijproducten en dierlijke mest zijn een bron van nutriënten. Insecten kunnen die omzetten naar hoogwaardige voedingsproducten voor dierlijke en menselijke consumptie. Dit onderzoek focust op de veiligheid van organische reststromen als substraat voor kweek van insecten en veilige toepassing hiervan in voeding voor mens en dier. Het doel is om tot een procedure te komen die wettelijke toelating van reststromen voor insectenkweek mogelijk maakt.
The proposed research contributes to the priority “Controlling food safety hazards in a circular food system”. The project investigates how any food safety and veterinary risks (contaminants and pathogens) can be made manageable when using legally unauthorized residual flows as a substrate for insect rearing. The goal is to find solutions and suitable residual flows for the safe production of insects for food and feed. The outcome of this research offers an effective and safe procedure by which other (comparable, but not tested in this project) residual flows can be assessed for this purpose in circular food systems. In addition, the results of this project provide a basis for policy-supporting recommendations in this area.
The project contributes to the mission of "Valued, healthy and safe food". A number of residual flows and by-products from the food chain may now not be used because of supposed risks with regard to food and feed safety. Analyzing and mitigating these risks of insects for human consumption and feed can change this. The risks of biomass processing via insects may be reduced or even eliminated. This research is therefore working on early identification, detection and control of chemical and microbial hazards in this new circular food chain, which also makes an important contribution to the protein transition, since insects are an important alternative protein source.
Y1: WP1 Knowledge base: Insect rearing - residual stream - safety / technical feasibility (task 1)
Y1-2: WP2 Characterization of residual flows (task 2.1) and substrate optimization (task 2.2)
Y2-3: WP3 Insect rearing on yet to be legally authorized substrates and food safety / nutritional parameters (task 3.1 BSF, task 3.2 YMW)
Y 2-3: WP4: Veterinary safety, antimicrobial resistance and occupational hygiene (task 4)
Y4: WP5: Evaluation of project results and risk analyses (task 5)
Y1-4 WP6: Project management, communication and dissemination results (task 6)
1. Reports and scientific publications on the safety and technical feasibility of insect farming on a number of current legally prohibited residual flows. The primary focus is on the safety of those insects or insect products for food and feed (with regard to, for example, pathogenic microorganisms, drug residues, antibiotic resistance and heavy metals);
2. Policy-supporting recommendations regarding insect rearing on the above-mentioned residual flows.
3. Procedure for assessing residual flows that are currently not legally permitted for use in insect rearing.