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Classification of food antioxidants: Primary antioxidants

Antioxidants are any substance capable of inhibiting, delayingor preventing the development of rancidity in food or other deterioration of aromas due to oxidation. According to this definition, antioxidants do not improve the quality of food, but their use simply aims to maintain food quality.

Importance of food safety

We can define food safety as the set of conditions and measures necessary during the production, storage, distribution, and preparation of food to ensure that its consumption does not represent a risk to the health of people

Regulation of antioxidants in Animal Nutrition

According to Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003, antioxidants in animal nutrition will be considered “technological additives” defining antioxidants as: “substances that prolong the shelf life of feed and feed materials, protecting them against spoilage caused by oxidation. “

Packaging and food preservation

There are many causes that negatively influence the quality of food, either by intrinsic factors of the food, such as its nutrient content, water availability, pH, etc., or by extrinsic factors such as temperature of storage, relative humidity, exposure to sunlight and air, handling and processing of raw materials, etc.

Effects of Antioxidants in Poultry

A large number of articles highlight the importance of antioxidants in animal feed. Its use is justified in order to avoid the appearance of “oxidative stress”, which can cause losses in the productive performance, as well as losses in both nutritional and organoleptic quality of the products derived from them.