Animal feed is of utmost importance for the sustainment of livestock and the production of animal products. Feed monitoring is fundamental to ensure safety and quality of animal products for human consumption and must be carried out along the whole feed chain, from raw materials to final products.
Animal feed sustains livestock and therefore the production of animal-derived products.
In this regard, more and more feed will be required, given that the global consumption of animal products is expected to rise by 70% by 2050 (FAO). In Europe, feed production is increasing and now amounts to 16% of the global production with more than 45 billion euros turnover.
However, the challenge is not to meet the growing feed demand, but to ensure its safety. Feed safety is a prerequisite for human health: safe and quality animal products can only come from healthy and adequately fed animals.
In this regard, the evaluation of feed composition and nutritional quality along with inspections performed by suppliers are the basis for safe and quality products.
When talking about feed, we talk about vegetable- or animal-derived raw materials, additives and finished products. Vegetable raw materials are cereals (maize, rice, wheat, etc.) –61% of total cereals produced in Europe–, legumes such as lupin or soy, which is imported to its large majority (from the USA, Canada and Brazil), oilseeds (cotton, rapeseeds), etc. Animal-derived raw materials are generally by-products not intended for human consumption and strictly controlled by National Health Services; in Europe for example, the use of meat-and-bone meal of mammals was banned in 2001 to prevent Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle that could cause human diseases (variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, vCJD). Feed additives are substances such as micro-organisms or preparations that are intentionally added to feed or water to perform specific functions such as enhancing digestion (EC Regulation no. 1831/2003); common feed additives are minerals (Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese), vitamins, aminoacids (Lysine, Methionine, etc.), flavorings.
The monitoring of feed quality and safety is fundamental to obtain safe and quality food products for final consumers and it must be carried out over the entire production chain.
Mérieux NutriSciences provides a full service for the feed industry, with accredited testing for raw materials, premixes, additives, concentrates, supplementary and whole feed, medicated feed.
Our laboratories are acknowledged by QS – Anerkannte Labore für das Futtermittelmonitoring and GMP+ for feed testing and authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health to perform analyses on medicated feed (Italian Decree dd. Nov. 16, 1993).
- Crude fiber
- Dietary fibers (total, soluble, insoluble dietary fiber)
- Fatty acids profiles
- Proteins and amino acids (lysine, methionine, taurine, etc.)
VITAMINS: A, D, E, K, PP, etc.
MINERALS: Magnesium, Calcium/Phosphorus, Iodine, Copper, Potassium, Sodium, Cobalt, Selenium, Iron, etc.
- Heavy metals
- Pesticides in compliance with GMP+ certification (multiresidue analysis > 900 active principles, single determinations, multipackage analysis)
- Cyanuric acid
- Veterinary drugs
- Dioxins, PCBs, not-dioxin like PCBs,
- Packaging contaminants: MOSH/MOAH, bisphenols, etc.
GMO ANALYSIS: screening, identification and quantification
FOREIGN DNA and species identification
MICROBIOLOGY: Salmonella, microbiological stability, yeasts and molds, etc.
QUALITY INDICATORS: BHA/BHT, histamine, Free Fatty Acids, peroxide value, Kreiss assay, potassium sorbate / sorbic acid, etc.
SLURRY: to ensure sample representativeness when big quantities are concerned
SHELF-LIFE: feed microbiological and chemical stability