Woven Network Newsletter – August 2021

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Here’s the link to the August 2021 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Woven as a Trade Association
  • Exporting insects from UK to EU
  • Novel Food approval

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For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – June 2021

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Here’s the link to the June 2021 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Working with the UK Government to demonstrate safety of edible insect products
  • Australia edible insect roadmap
  • EU approval of first insect as Novel Food

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For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – April 2021

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Here’s the link to the April 2021 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Future of the Woven Network
  • Insect Week 2021
  • Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum

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Woven Network Newsletter – February 2021

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Here’s the link to the February 2021 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Future of the Woven Network
  • Ask an Expert: Jo Wise, Monkfield Nutrition
  • EFSA opinion on mealworms
  • Novel food regulations in Belgium

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Woven Network Newsletter – Oct 2020

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Here’s the link to October 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Woven Network Webinar Series: Ask an Expert – RNA
  • Webinar Report – Arnold van Huis
  • FEED-X Challenge – results
  • Publications

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Woven Network Newsletter – Aug 2020

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Here’s the link to August 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Woven Network Webinar Series: Prof. Arnold van Huis
  • Insects in the media
  • Insect Protein Association of Australia meeting
  • Publications
  • Cricket farmer and Benjamin Kennedy, invertebrate vet, in conversation

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Woven Network Newsletter – Jul 2020

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Here’s the link to July 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Webinar Series
  • ADAS Stakeholder Survey – Insects as Feed
  • Products
  • Home insect production
  • Containerised black soldier fly production
  • Largest cricket farm to be built in Canada
  • Roslin Technologies & SEEDS Capital invest in Protenga, Singapore
  • Publications

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Woven Network Newsletter – Jun 2020

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Here’s the link to June 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • New Webinar Series from 19 June
  • World Wildlive Fund – Commission to develop a Roadmap for insect farming for livestock feed
  • Novel Food Update
  • Importation of Insects into the UK
  • Food and Feed Sustainability from the IPIFF
  • Market Study of Black Soldier Fly
  • New product in United States
  • Entomics changes name to Better Origin
  • BeoBia to launch Re_ in July
  • BSAS Industry Prize finalist
  • Insects in the media
  • Publications

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Woven Network Newsletter – Feb 2020

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Here’s the link to February 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • UK Entomap
  • Woven Network – helping you connect with others
  • Food waste available as feed substrate for insect farming
  • Chemical Engineer – issue 944, 2020
  • Algae invade insect space
  • Bread from cricket flour
  • NACIA call for volunteers
  • Meetings
  • Publications
  • Insects at Chiang Mai market

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Novel foods in the UK – innovation and safety, sustainable food production and the evolving regulatory landscape

This event in January provided an opportunity to promote the benefits of farmed insects as a novel food/food ingredient and argue for a balanced approach to protecting the consumer. The event focused on the regulations relating to novel foods and how these might change in the light of Brexit.

While there was some speculation and expression of interest in a more flexible and less cautious approach, this has to be balanced with the continued need to protect consumers from risky products entering the market and the benefits of retaining the ability to sell into Europe.

I gave an impassioned presentation about insect protein and the tricky situation the sector finds itself in in the UK, given both the transition from former Novel Food Regulations to the new ones which now require insect material to be explicitly approved, the on-going situation where we are waiting to hear which insect products will be approved by the European Commission (and which of these will only apply to products developed with proprietary processes), and how the UK will diverge from the EU post Brexit in its rulings about Novel Foods.

Clearly there is scope for the UK to become a location that can allow more innovation on the basis of products that are intended for the UK market, and then once they are established and there is a good basis of evidence of their safety, the company could seek approval from the European Commission for approval to enter their market.

This presentation was reported in Food Navigator.com with a headline referring to the safety of insects as food.

A more comprehensive report of the meeting is available in the members section of the Woven website. A PDF copy of the briefing document for the whole meeting may be ordered for £95 from Westminster Forum Projects.

Nick Rousseau