EU and UK open doors to Malaysian insect producers

EU and UK open doors to Malaysian insect producers.

On February 19, 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture approved Nutrition Technologies to export its insectmeal and oil into the EU and UK markets, making it one of a handful of companies around the world, and the first in Malaysia with this level of approval. Previously, only able to access European insect-based products, this development opens the doors for the rapidly growing sustainable pet food sector in Europe to access high quality, low-energy insect-based materials.

Nutrition Technologies manufactures and supplies insect protein meal, oil and frass (insect manure) to help feed the growing agriculture and feed industries around the world. Using a combination of beneficial microbes and Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) using a low-energy, zero-waste production model to grow their insects, the larvae are reared on clean and traceable agro-industrial by-products.

The insect-based products are suitable for application in pet food, livestock and aquatic feed and have a range of proven functional benefits which improve the animals' health and growth. The insectmeal is also suitable for therapeutic applications in pets that have allergies to common pet food proteins such as beef and lamb. What's attractive to many manufacturers is the potential impact on GHG emissions that can be achieved through switching to insect-based meats in place of traditional protein sources, as approximately 25% of the GHGs associated with meat production is generated through use in pet food. Since tropically farmed insects produce a fraction of the GHG emissions of traditional meat--this enables manufacturers to make further improvements to the carbon footprint of petfood production.

The Malaysian insectmeal is produced to the highest international safety and hygiene standards with full batch traceability, where the larvae are fed only vegetable-based agro-industrial materials such as palm and grain by-products. The insectmeal is fully compliant with EU regulations, and the facility is both GMP & HACCP certified.

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