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Ÿnsect Receives AAFCO Authorization for Defatted Mealworm Protein Commercialization

Courtesy of Okeykat
Courtesy of Okeykat


The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has recently granted Ÿnsect, a leading player in insect-based proteins, the first authorization to commercialize defatted mealworm proteins, known as Protein70, for use in the United States pet food market. This landmark decision not only marks a significant milestone for Ÿnsect and its pet food brand, Sprÿng, but also opens up new prospects for sustainable pet nutrition in a market that exceeded $42 billion in 2022.

The AAFCO Authorization

AAFCO, the authoritative body responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of animal food in the US, has recognized Ÿnsect's decade-long research efforts by authorizing its mealworm-based protein for commercial use. This approval is based on a comprehensive scientific dossier, including a six-month trial that demonstrated the safety and nutritional benefits of mealworm-derived ingredients in dog diets.

Market Prospects for Ÿnsect and Sprÿng

With nearly 40% of American households owning a dog, the US represents a vast and growing market for pet products. The authorization of Ÿnsect's mealworm protein opens up significant opportunities for the company in this lucrative market, promising a blend of innovation and sustainability to American pet owners.

Nutritional Benefits of Defatted Mealworm Flour

The authorized study revealed that diets containing up to 30% mealworm proteins not only meet safety standards but also offer high digestibility and a rich source of essential amino acids, unsaturated fats, fibers, vitamins, and minerals. These findings suggest that mealworm proteins can stand toe-to-toe with traditional animal proteins used in pet food.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability

In addition to nutritional benefits, mealworm protein offers a sustainable alternative to conventional animal proteins. Mealworms, raised on agricultural by-products, have a significantly lower environmental footprint, producing less CO2 and requiring fewer resources. This makes Ÿnsect's Protein70 a promising step towards reducing the pet food industry's environmental impact.


The AAFCO's authorization of Ÿnsect's mealworm protein for use in pet food is a pioneering move towards more sustainable pet nutrition. With its proven nutritional benefits and lower environmental footprint, mealworm protein stands as a viable alternative to traditional animal proteins, paving the way for a more sustainable future in pet food consumption.


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