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Special Issue "Food Sustainability: Promising By-Products for Valorization"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Maria Beatriz Prior Pinto Oliveira

University of Porto, Faculty of Pharmacy, Porto, Portugal
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Interests: food chemistry; sustainability; agro-food quality control; byproduct valorization; food authenticity
Guest Editor
Prof. Rita Carneiro Alves

University of Porto, Faculty of Pharmacy, Porto, Portugal
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Interests: food chemistry; sustainability; byproducts; food processing; bioactive compounds; contaminants; bioactivities; chromatograph

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food waste is a rising concern all over the world, since it represents a social, economic and environmental problem. For this reason, several efforts have been made to investigate and develop processes for waste valorization and use. Food waste management is emerging as a crucial issue for global food security and integrated strategies are still necessary, always bearing in mind the sustainability of the food chain.

According to the Directive 2008/98/EC on waste, a substance that results from a production process not primarily aimed to produce that item can be considered a by-product and not a waste, if this is consistent with the protection of the environment and human health, and under environmental licenses or general environmental rules. Therefore, the following conditions have to be met: a) further use of the substance is certain; b) the substance can be used directly without any further processing other than the normal industrial practice; c) the substance is produced as an integral part of a production process; and d) further use is lawful.

Although the transition to a circular economy is a great challenge, the opportunities that rise from the exploitation of food by-products represent a clear example of this model. These kind of products are rich in nutrients and several bioactive compounds, being added-value substrates that can be used for further applications.

This Special Issue on “Food Sustainability: Promising By-products for Valorization” welcomes original research and reviews on:

(1) The nutritional and chemical composition of food by-products; (2) Potential health effects of food by-products based on in vitro and in vivo studies; (3) Contaminants and undesirable compounds occurring in food by-products as a result of food processing/storage; (4) Potential applications of by-products from the food or cosmetic fields; (5) The safety and regulation of food by-products.

Prof. Maria Beatriz Prior Pinto Oliveira
Prof. Rita Carneiro Alves
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Food sustainability
  • By-product composition
  • Bioactivities
  • Potential applications
  • Innovation

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