February 8th, 2021

Statement Protifarm w.r.t. EFSA approval yellow mealworm


Re: Statement Protifarm w.r.t. EFSA approval yellow mealworm

Ermelo, 18th of January 2021

Dear reader,

As you may have seen and read in various media, the European Food Safety association (EFSA) has approved the first Novel Food dossier regarding insects and declared the yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor, as safe and suitable for human consumption under the Novel Food guidelines. This is of course fantastic news and a major milestone for the insect industry as a whole. It underscores that insects are safe and can now quickly become the source of sustainable nutrition in everyday products.

The EFSA approval is specifically assigned to the submitter of this dossier.

Protifarm’s AdalbaPro ingredients are derived from the Alphitobius diaperinus, the Buffalo Beetle, which is a different species. This EFSA decision therefore does not apply to our ingredients, but we are confident that this first approval will boost the pending applications of other submitters in the insect industry as well as for our Alphitobius diaperinus.

Meanwhile we make use of the transitional measure, allowing us to sell our AdalbaPro ingredients in the EU (partly) and outside the EU and further develop great food applications & concepts with our partners and customers!

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About Protifarm

Protifarm is a Dutch AgriTech leader that was founded in 2015 and has created the world’s first and largest vertical farm for breeding and rearing the Alphitobius diaperinus, better known as the Buffalo Beetle. Through combining forty years of insect breeding experience with high-tech processing methods, Protifarm produces sustainable and functional ingredients for the food industry. High quality nutritionally dense and safe ingredients that add value to applications such as sports nutrition, meat (alternatives) and baked goods. Together with an international team of passionate people and partners, Protifarm is creating ingredients that contribute to a more sustainable world. For more information: www.protifarm.com.



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