In the production of fish feed, it is still common to use synthetic additives, or antioxidants, to prevent the feed from oxidising and losing quality. In Europe, and particularly in
Away from synthetic additives
Fiskeriforskning was selected to conduct analyses of natural and synthetic antioxidants by Naturland in
One of these synthetic antioxidants is ethoxyquin (EMQ), which is prohibited for use in foodstuffs in the EU,
"Use of legal quantities of synthetic antioxidants are not proven to be dangerous for humans", says Senior Scientist Jan Pettersen who has carried out the analyses, "but there are enough alternative natural compounds that can be used in the production of fish feed".
Works in different areas
The tests have been done using methods developed by Fiskeriforskning and show that the different antioxidants work differently according to which products they are used on. For example, the tests showed that ethoxyquin is effective in stopping the oxidation in fishmeal, but has insignificant effect on fish oil.
The report stresses that additional research is necessary to document how the nutritive value in feed is affected by use of the antioxidants, and whether there are health-related problems associated with these additives.
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Senior Scientist Jan Pettersen