Nutrition

News 189 views last update:6 Aug 2012

ASABE revises testing standards

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated a project to revise the current testing procedures for Solids-Mixing Equipment for Animal Feeds.

The use of salt (sodium chloride), the tracer primarily referenced in the existing standard, has limitations in validating mixer performance, particularly in validating the mixing of microingredient (drug) feed additions and in validating "augmentation" or cross-contamination control procedures.

Colored iron particles
In these situations, alternate tracers may be required, but their reference in the standard is vague and unclear. It is therefore revised to specifically reference the use of colored iron particles or colored iron powder as tracers. 
Revising the standard to permit the use of colored iron particles will allow US and Canadian feed manufacturers to satisfy both domestic regulatory and non-regulatory testing requirements while also satisfying requirements of trading partners in Europe.

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American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

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