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TOPICS: Food, Waste Minimisation
by Mr Leon Perera: To
ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) how many insect farms
are currently located in Singapore; (b) what types of insects are currently
allowed to be cultivated in Singapore; and (c) whether there are plans to allow
for post-consumer food waste to be used for insect farming to help in recycling
Answer by Minister:
There are currently two licensed
establishments in Singapore that rear insects. One of them is licensed by the Animal
& Veterinary Service (AVS) as it rears insects for pet food.
2 The other is licensed by the Singapore
Food Agency (SFA) as it rears insects to produce animal feed. This establishment
rears Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) using waste streams from local food
manufacturing companies such as okara (a by-product of soybean milk and tofu
manufacturing), and spent brewery grains. The BSFL are processed into
aquaculture feed for fish.
3 As part of the licensing requirements
for establishments rearing insects to produce animal feed, SFA requires that
the substances used to feed the insects are properly handled and traceable to
ensure the safety of insect-derived animal feed.
4 Insects can be a good alternative
source of feed for animals reared for food, due to their high feed conversion
efficiency. This also supports Singapore’s efforts to pursue circular economy
approaches to reduce waste and be more environmentally sustainable.
5 However, insect farming is still a
developing field. SFA is closely
monitoring developments in this area, such as rearing practices, research and
scientific literature, as well as relevant regulations adopted by overseas
regulatory authorities. SFA will continue to refine its regulations and
support for insect farming in Singapore.
Last updated: 07 Oct 2019
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