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

he most relevant companies in each sector to ensure that the samples obtained are as representative as possible.

The samples are processed to be sent to the R+D centre's laboratories. The analysis parameters have been selected in order to evaluate whether the samples are suitable for incorporation into animal feed formulas. The samples are required to meet nutritional, market and legislative requirements established for animal feed.

The results of the analyses in the first phase of the sampling, which have yet to be confirmed by the analyses in the other two phases, highlight the high level of humidity in excess of 80%, low values of protein and fat, less than 1% in both cases, as well as about 5% in total sugars and 1-2% in total fibre. As regards the presence of undesirable substances, no abnormal values have been highlighted.

Apart from the analytical studies, the Clean Feed project aims to provide a technical solution for these by-products and carry out a full-scale pilot experience that will allow it to be validated and fine-tuned. The aim is to develop an effective, viable plan of action for the handling, processing, management and monitoring of the vegetable fractions for their use in animal feed.

Cutting the quantities reaching the rubbish dumps

Approximately three quarters of the over 25,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetable matter that is not marketed plus other vegetable by-products is going to find its way to the Basque Country's rubbish tips where it is managed as waste. In the case of fruit and vegetables, these are products that are not marketed for market criteria reasons (poor appearance, unattractive shape, close to their best-before dates, etc.); in the case of by-products, they have their origins in the production and transformation processes of the foodstuffs industry.

Current policies on waste are based on the cutting of the biodegradable waste sent to rubbish tips. A European Union dire
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Contact: Irati Kortabitarte
i.kortabitarte@elhuyar.com
34-943-363-040
Elhuyar Fundazioa
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