Quality control of feedstuffs: nutrient analyses


Bernard JB, Dempsey JL. 1999. Quality control of feedstuffs: nutrient analyses. . In Nutrition Advisory Group Handbook Fact Sheet 010


Nutrient analyses are integral features of a quality control program designed to ensure the nutritional value and monitor nutrient composition of diets used for captive animals. Other components of a good quality control program include issues such as the presence of toxins, including mycotoxins, microbial contamination, and organophosphate/pesticide contamination. These issues will not, however, be included in this discussion. A quality control program begins with identification of the items to be analyzed and the establishment of a regular schedule of sampling. Specific protocols should be used to ensure that sampling is representative. Selection of the nutrient analyses to be performed should be based on the item to be analyzed and potential nutritional or quality-related problems with that item. When choosing an analytical laboratory, evidence of competency, as well as analytical costs, should be considered. Details of an appropriate quality control program, using nutrient analyses, are presented below.

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