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Animal Nutrition is a complex area that comprises feed for pets and farmed animals such as calves, cattle, poultry and fish. One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing ingredients for animal nutrition is their nutritional value, and in some cases also how the ingredients work.
As regards fish feed, the nutritional value is not the only decisive factor. It is also crucial to ensure that extruded pellets do not dissolve too rapidly in water. To ensure this, you can add a native or a modified starch, either as cook-up or cold water swelling.
Potato starch is used to maintain the right biological balance in the stomachs of pigs, especially during the weaning period.
When manufacturing tablets, you must use a filler to make sure you dose the medication correctly. In most cases, you want the filler to be as white as possible, with no off-flavour. Since potato starch fulfils both these requirements, you can use it as an excipient.
Starch can be used for two different functions in manufacturing tablets. The first of these is to act as a binder, which actually holds the tablet together. The other function does exactly the opposite – and acts as a dissolving ingredient.
The pharmaceutical industry can also use starch as a coating, where you add a layer of starch to the outside of the tablet.
There is virtually no limit to the number of uses for starch. It is suitable for any purpose where you require a high level of viscosity, or the ability to provide good gelling or adhesive properties.
These are just some segments where you can use starch:
• Textile industry – where you can use it to stiffen clothes or fabrics.
• Oil drilling – where starch adds viscosity to the drill hole.
• Yeast filtration – where starch forms a layer on the vacuum drum, thus preventing the yeast cells from being sucked out.
• Adhesives – where you can benefit from the good adhesive properties of starch.
• Biodegradable packaging – where you apply a starch film.
• Batteries – where you use starch to form the gel.
• Paper - where you can benefit from using starch both for surface sizing and in the wet end.