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Agriculture 2015, 5(4), 1020-1034; doi:10.3390/agriculture5041020

Fruit and Vegetable Co-Products as Functional Feed Ingredients in Farm Animal Nutrition for Improved Product Quality

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Department of Agricultural Technology, Division of Agricultural Products Quality Control, Technological Education Institute of Western Macedonia, 53100 Terma Kontopoulou, Florina, Greece
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Hellenic Agricultural Organization-DEMETER, Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki, 57001 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Academic Editor: Stephen R. Smith
Received: 21 July 2015 / Revised: 7 October 2015 / Accepted: 10 October 2015 / Published: 21 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recycling Organic Wastes in Agriculture)
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There are significant environmental, economic and social factors favoring the reutilization of fruit and vegetable processing co-products in farm animal nutrition. Current evidence shows that fruit and vegetable processing co-products can be effectively used in farm animal nutrition as functional feed ingredients for the production of food products of improved quality. These ingredients comply with consumer requests for the production of “clean,” “natural” and “eco/green” label food products. The main parameters affecting extensive application of fruit and vegetable processing by-/co-products as functional feed ingredients in livestock nutrition are related to animal factors, logistics, and commercial value. Further research is needed to enable the commercial application of these products to livestock nutrition. View Full-Text
Keywords: fruit and vegetable co-products; farm animals; nutrition; product; quality fruit and vegetable co-products; farm animals; nutrition; product; quality
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Kasapidou, E.; Sossidou, E.; Mitlianga, P. Fruit and Vegetable Co-Products as Functional Feed Ingredients in Farm Animal Nutrition for Improved Product Quality. Agriculture 2015, 5, 1020-1034.

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