What does the information on the food label mean?
An increase in fish production is possible through its cultivation by intensifying production, as well as the introduction of industrial methods.
As early as 1927, at the birth of intensive fish farming, Davis (1927) noted that apart from water supply, no factor is as important in achieving success in fish farming. With the intensification of fish farming, especially with its transition to cage and basin farming methods, there was a threat of the emergence of nutritional diseases, the main reason for which is the inferiority of feed, or their poor quality.
In this article we would like to tell you, using the example of the fish feed "Aquafeed" (Aquafid), produced in Germany, what information about the feed can the buyer get directly from the information on the feed label.
Complete food contains all the ingredients necessary to provide the fish with sufficient quantity for a long time
The type of animal for which the food is intended must be indicated
The ingredients are listed in descending order of quantity.
Substances that have a positive effect on the nature of the feed. For example, as a preservative, butylhydrositoneopen improves shelf life
The manufacturer can be identified and traced with an individual number
Substances that must come to the animal from the outside. These include vitamins, provitamins, compounds of trace elements, amino acids. They serve to maintain normal bodily functions.
Provides information on the scope
By this time, constant feed properties are guaranteed under optimal storage conditions
Now let's figure out the composition of the feed
Time and again, misleading terms such as "fish and fish by-products" appear in the list of ingredients for feed. But what is behind this terminology and why do manufacturers indicate ingredients in this way?
1. Meat and offal of animal origin
2. Milk and dairy products
3. Eggs and egg products
4. Oils and fats
6. Fish and fish offal
9. Vegetable offal
10. Plant protein extracts
17. Molluscs and crustaceans
19. Bakery products
In practice, it is a high-quality and protein-rich meat or blood meal from the processing of animal bodies or body parts of warm-blooded land animals.
Fish or parts thereof, as well as processed by-products.
In practice, this is usually fishmeal.
All herbal products with proteins enriched with at least 50% crude protein.
In practice, these are mainly protein concentrates from grain, soy or potatoes
Does good fish food have to be expensive?
Whether a feed additive group or a direct ingredient is listed, the ingredient with the largest proportion in the feed should always be listed first.
- fish flour
- fish fat
- molluscs and crustaceans
- hemoglobin concentrate
- rapeseed oil
- sunflower meal