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.Related website:Soil
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