News last update:6 Aug 2012

Organic fish can now be fully organic

The aquaculture industry has long relied on synthetic antioxidants. However, natural alternatives are now available and the UK Soil Association has declared to only use these natural ingredients in its certified organic fish feeds.

The UK environmental charity established the availability of potential natural products and set a deadline of 1 July 2007 for only natural antioxidants to be used in the fish feeds and their ingredients. By working with fishmeal and oil manufacturers, feed mills and various companies developing natural antioxidant products, the necessary testing and development has taken place and the target has been met.

Natural oxidants generally use extracts of plants, seeds and nuts, and have active ingredients including various forms of vitamin E tocopherols, vitamin C, gallates and diterpenes. The majority of non-organic fish feeds and their ingredients still contain synthetic antioxidants such as Butylated hydroxytoluene and Ethoxyquine. Exposure to Ethoxyquine in the workplace has been linked to allergic contact dermatitis because of its low acute toxicity.

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