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AZTI-Tecnalia researches the use of vegetable by-products for animal feed
Date:1/17/2012

The function of the R+D centre is to characterise and classify the by-products that have the best characteristics so that they can be used for animal consumption. Also participating in the project alongside AZTI-Tecnalia are the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community (region), the Basque Foundation for Food Safety Elika, and Tecnalia's Industrial Systems Unit.

Clean Feed, funded by the European Union's Life+ Programme and co-funded by the Directorate for Food Innovation and Industry and the Directorate for Environmental Quality of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community, is crucially important in the aim to prevent biodegradable products ending up in rubbish dumps. In the BAC-Basque Autonomous Community, about three quarters of the more than 25,000 tonnes of vegetable products and by-products generated ends up in the rubbish tips. To contribute towards mitigating this situation, AZTI-Tecnalia is working to characterise the various vegetable fractions produced in the BAC by drawing up a 'generation inventory', and carrying out sampling and laboratory analyses. All this is designed to see whether the various vegetable by-products are suitable for incorporation into animal feed.

The various sectors of the Foodstuffs Industry that generate vegetable by-products are as follows: potato (29.6%), wine (27.7%), distribution (16.6%), cider (13.8%), bread (11.3%), fruit and vegetable (0.8%) and coffee (0.1%). AZTI-Tecnalia has exhaustively gathered information from these sectors in terms of the quantities, generation characteristics and current management of their by-products.

Sampling and laboratory analysis process

This expert R+D centre in marine and foodstuffs research has specified three phases of sampling spring, summer/autumn and winter in order to take into consideration seasonality in the typology of the vegetable by-products of each sector. It has also designed a sampling protocol and has selected t
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