IPIFF Newsletter | February 2017
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The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed
European Commission delegation visits one IPIFF member production facilities: Micronutris

On Thursday 9 February, two officials from the DG SANTE’s services (European Commission) visited Micronutris’ production facilities. Micronutris is an IPIFF company member located in South West France, active in the breeding and processing of insects for food consumption. This visit - organized under the auspices of the IPIFF association - offered Micronutris the opportunity to showcase innovative production techniques in the area of insects’ rearing and to demonstrate full compliance to quality and safety standards whilst outlining the commercial opportunities for this sector.
During the follow-up meeting organized in the margins of this visit, the IPIFF Secretariat highlighted the standpoints of the organisation with regard to the preparation of ‘novel food applications’, in the context of the new EU legislation on novel foods. IPIFF also reiterated its satisfaction about the EU legislator efforts towards harmonizing and simplifying the procedural steps under new EU novel food Regulation, but underlined the need to further guide insect producers who - like Micronutris - are involved in the preparation of applications for authorisation. The IPIFF Secretariat also pleaded for harmonized implementation of the transitional measures foreseen in the new novel food Regulation: for IPIFF, this will facilitate the uptake of this new legislation by insect producers’.
The visit to Micronutis’ facility was well received by DG SANTE’s officials who highlighted the importance of a trustful communication about insect production to gain better resonance among EU consumers and citizens.

(from left to right) Mr. P. Bourgaisse & Ms. M. Radonde (Micronutris), DG SANTE's delegation (European Commission), Mr. C. Auriol (Micronutris' CEO),  Mr. C. Derrien (IPIFF Secretariat) and Ms. J. Gervreau (Micronutris' General Director).

IPIFF announces project to develop an EU guidance document on general standards & Good Hygiene Practices for the insect production sector

At a kick off meeting held on 12 January 2017, IPIFF announced the launch of an EU guidance document outlining general standards and good hygiene practices for the insect production sector.  This document aims to describe the ‘minimum’ general standards – based on practical examples - followed by insect production operators whilst assisting them in the effective application of EU food & feed safety legislation. More generally, IPIFF expects that this document will help to consolidate the position of the insect production sector towards policy makers and national authorities.

Covering all production steps, including the production of insects for both food and feed markets, this project guidance document is a joint initiative of the IPIFF member, who are gathered in a dedicated Task Force. The ambition of the IPIFF members is to come with a commonly agreed document within one year time. In view of achieving this target, 4 meetings are organized in Brussels during the year 2017, the next one being foreseen on 20 April. IPIFF is assisted by the consultancy Schuttelaar & Partners for the realization of this project. 

IPIFF will outline its political priorities at General Assembly & Task Force meetings in March

At their next physical General Assembly meeting (15 March), the IPIFF members will discuss a series of proposals aiming at defining the priorities and policy objectives as well as the "Road map for 2017 and beyond". In the wake of the recent authorisation of insect proteins as aqua feed, the General Assembly will discuss the best ways to foster the effective implementation of the new rules by operators (effective as from 1st July 2017), whilst considering options for creating new regulatory opportunities in the feed sector. On this occasion, several European Commission officials were also invited to speak in order to inform the sector about relevant EU regulatory developments.
The day before (14 March), the IPIFF Novel Food Task Force will hold its 2nd meeting, which will notably aim to discuss the IPIFF Strategy & Working plan for the implementation of the new EU novel food legislation.
News and European Calendar

Other main IPIFF activities in January & February
  • 12 January: Kick-off meeting of the IPIFF Task Force on ‘Good Hygiene Practices’ (see above)
  • 9 February: DG SANTE (European Commission) visit to Micronutris
  • 14 February : Participation in the kick-off meeting of the Aquaculture Advisory Council Working group on ‘fish’
Timetable for forthcoming events and/or meetings
  • 6 March : Participation in the EFSA technical meeting on ‘novel food applications’
  • 14 & 15 of March : 2nd meeting of the IPIFF Task on ‘novel food’ & IPIFF Plenary General assembly meeting (see above) 
The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) is the voice of the insect sector towards the European Union. Its mission is to help the insect industry prosper in Europe and worldwide by promoting insects as source of animal proteins for both human food and animal feed.
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