New insect protein gains approval for use in animal feed

Press Releases • July 20, 2016


New insect protein gains approval for use in animal feed:
Regulatory approval first of its kind in Canada

LANGLEY, BC, July 20, 2016. Enterra Feed Corporation has received regulatory approval for use of its Whole Dried Black Soldier Fly Larvae as a feed ingredient for poultry broilers, the company announced today. “This is a significant step forward,” says Victoria Leung, marketing and operations manager for Enterra. “We can now offer a renewable protein alternative to those companies manufacturing and retailing chicken feed.”

Enterra’s manufacturing process at its facility in Langley, BC involves breeding and raising black soldier fly (BSF) larvae, and feeding them pre-consumer food waste that would otherwise go to landfill, composting or waste-to-energy operations where the food nutrient value would be lost. BSF larvae are an ideal candidate for rearing as a feed ingredient as they consume a wide range of pre-consumer waste food (e.g. waste fruits, vegetables, stale bread, grains, grocery store waste), are native to North America, do not bite or sting, are high in protein and fat, and grow rapidly under controlled conditions.

There are several benefits to insect protein, and Enterra expects feed manufacturers to be eager to consider this ecological protein alternative, according to Andrew Vickerson, Chief Technology Officer with Enterra. “Insects are a natural food source for poultry,” he says. “Other sources of protein used in animal feed include fish meal, which causes depleted fish stocks, or soybean meal, which requires many inputs and acres of land, which could be used for human food production.”

The approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) comes after four years of work, during which time the CFIA reviewed Enterra’s product as a Novel Feed Ingredient, including a complete assessment of product safety (to livestock, workers, food and the environment), and a data review.

In the US, the Ingredients Definition Committee of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) accepted Enterra’s application to use Dried Black Soldier Fly Larvae in salmonid feed earlier this year. The definition was reviewed and agreed to by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was the first time a federal regulatory body in North America accepted the use of an insect based ingredient as a source of energy and protein for use in animal feed.

Although insects make up an important part of the diet of fish and poultry in the wild, they had not been approved as a feed ingredient in animal production in North America until this year. These approvals come at an important time as the demand for sustainable feed ingredients is growing. By 2050, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that the demand for food is going to increase by 70% and the demand for meat product is going to double.

Enterra is working with the CFIA and FDA for approval for the use of Whole Dried Black Soldier Fly Larvae in other animal feeds as well, including poultry layers, trout and salmon. Enterra is also working to develop new insect protein products such as a high protein (60% protein) meal and oil.
About Enterra

Enterra Feed Corp, located in Langley, BC specializes in the development and manufacture of ecological insect protein for the animal feed industry. We use the larvae of the black soldier fly to upcycle complex nutrients in waste food into an excellent source of protein and fat, perfect for inclusion in feed for fish, poultry, pets and zoo animals. These innovative products offer a sustainable alternative to costly and resource-intensive feed ingredients like fishmeal, fish oil, soybean meal, palm kernel oil and coconut oil. For more information, visit


Victoria Leung
Manager, Marketing and Operations

Andrew Vickerson
Chief Technology Officer