The organic waste generated by the food sector, such as crop waste, expired products like milk, soups, meat and vegetables, as well as those that do not meet quality regulations, are being transformed through a microbiological process, and the final product can be added as an ingredient in feed for farm animals, according to Mexico based company.
Biotectra founder Luis Jose Cruz Gaviño explained that failing to eliminate this type of waste represents a major health risk. In order to solve this situation, the veterinarian from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) have developed a technology that kills disease-causing viruses and bacteria in food, which is then processed to obtain an ingredient that is added to cattle feed. One feature of this additive is that it improves feed digestibility for animals.
The process is patented as a microbiological activator, which is added to the mixture of waste and promotes the development of acidophilus bacteria and fungi, which promote a healthy environment in the intestine of the animal and reinforces their immune system, leading the pH at the right level to destroy viruses and bacteria that harm animals.
When subjected to the microbiological process, the bacteria unfold the nutrients from the organic waste to make them more digestible for the animals. This process breaks the bonds and makes the structural sugars digestible, so when animal consumes the new feed, they will obtain a greater amount of nutrients.
The development team also wants to provide alternatives to grain or seeds that can otherwise be sold for human consumption. So Biotectra set the goal of creating a technology that submits this type of organic waste to a rapid fermentation process, creating a finished product in 72 hours that can be consumed by the animals.
The Biotectra team collects food industry waste and takes that raw material to their premises, where they transform it into an ingredient of cattle feed. The production is in line with the regulations of different types of food for each species, such as pigs, cattle and sheep.