From our point of view, if we analyse the concept of quality in food for pet and/or ornamental birds, we must take into account the following breakdown of concepts to be assessed:
- Obtaining the expected results in the animals for which the food is intended: growth in young birds or reproductive results in adults; as well as resistance to diseases, plumage quality, behaviour and general condition in all cases.
- The stability of the food, both in terms of nutritional composition and shelf life.
- The microbiological quality of the food.
- Its organoleptic quality, which will result in a greater or lesser palatability: smell, texture, taste.
- The degree of standardisation of its characteristics: particle size, moisture content, nutritional composition...
- The functionality of the food: capacity to obtain a stable suspension (hand feeding formulas), capacity for hydration without loss of integrity of form (Microspheres), consistency of particle size with the requirements of the species and stage of development of the bird for which it is intended (food)...
When we talk about quality, we require that all these concepts are amply covered.