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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 1336 - 1341

Influence of Inuloprebiotic Supplementation of the Diets of Broiler Chickens on Shelf-Life and Quality Characteristics of Meat

Park Sang-Oh and Park Byung-Sung    

Abstract: In the present study, as an alternative to antibiotics in broiler diets, microencapsulated-inuloprebiotics extracted from Korean Jerusalem artichoke was manufactured as a natural antimicrobial agents and added to broiler diets after which the quality and storability of chicken meat were investigated. A total of 360, 1 day old Ross 308 broiler chicks were randomly assigned to 3 treatment groups that were each replicated 4 times. The broilers were then divided into T1 (control), T2 (Avilamycin 8 g ton-1) and T3 (inuloprebiotics 250 g ton-1). The pH, water holding capacity and water content of chicken meat was significantly higher in T3 than T1 and T2. Additionally, the L* value (lightness) and b* value (yellowness) of the meat was significantly higher in T3 than T1 and T2. The TBARS value during low temperature storage of chicken thighs was significantly lower in T3 than T1 and T2. Finally, the sensory evaluation scores of the cooked chicken meat were significantly higher in T3 than T1 and T2. The results of this study suggest that the addition of inuloprebiotics as an alternative for antibiotics to broiler diets can greatly improve the quality and the storability of chicken meat.

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