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Preservation of fruit and vegetable discards with sodium metabisulfite

Andres Haro

Significant amounts of fruits and vegetables from agricultural produce are yearly discarded as a result of poor conservation. This generates large amounts of fruits and vegetables waste whose disposal results in an environmental challenge worldwide.

Turning them into ruminant feed could take care of this problem while substituting other feedstuffs in ruminant diets. Sodium metabisulfite is a food preservative used by the animal feed industry to inhibit the growth of fungi, yeasts and bacteria.

Can sodium metabisulfite help to preserve fruit and vegetable discards for ruminant feeds?

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