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Byproducts from the Vegetable Oil Industry: The Challenges of Safety and Sustainability

Smeu, Irina; Dobre, Alina Alexandra; Cucu, Elena Mirela; Mustățea, Gabriel; Belc, Nastasia and Ungureanu, Elena Loredana (2022) Byproducts from the Vegetable Oil Industry: The Challenges of Safety and Sustainability. Sustainability, 14 (4), p. 2039.

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Document available online at: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/4/2039


Food loss and food waste are a global challenge as about one third of all food produced around the globe is lost or wasted at some point in the food supply chain, from the farm to the fork. Vegetable oils generate a considerable amount of waste and byproducts, and such byproducts represent valuable opportunities for the food industry. Given the obvious benefits of using byproducts, special attention should be paid to the safety issues, especially when it comes to reintroducing them into the food chain. In this study, the quality and safety of several vegetable oil industry byproducts were evaluated in order to further consider them as potential ingredients in functional foods. Microbiological tests, mycotoxin assessments, and a heavy metal analysis were performed. The microbiological analysis showed reduced contamination with spoilage microorganisms, and a lack of contamination with pathogenic bacteria. All of the samples noted levels of deoxynivalenol, and, with a few exceptions, the heavy metal levels were below the maximum allowed limits. This study also notes the lack of regulation for this category of products. This not only puts the possibility of capitalizing on many food byproducts at risk, but also their widespread use as ingredients for the production of new functional products and their safe consumption.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Agrovoc keywords:
food safety
oil crops
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Food systems > Produce chain management
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund
Deposited By: Scheibenzuber, Sophie
ID Code:44416
Deposited On:29 Aug 2022 12:12
Last Modified:29 Aug 2022 12:12
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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