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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.18.0800    [Accepted] Published online February 9, 2019.
Use of natural ingredients in the Japanese quail diet and their effect on carcass and meat quality. Review
Rey David VARGAS SANCHEZ1  , Félix Joel Ibarra-Arias2, Brisa del Mar Torres-Martínez1  , Armida Sánchez-Escalante1  , Gastón Ramón Torrescano-Urrutia1,* 
1Laboratorio de Investigación en Carne y Productos Cárnicos, Coordinación de Tecnología de Alimentos de Origen Animal, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C. Carretera Gustavo Enrique Astiazarán Rosas 46, Hermosillo Sonora, 83304, México
2Alta Tecnología Industrial para la Salud Animal, S.A. de C.V., Gabino Barreda 1290, Guadalajara Jalisco, 44430, México
Correspondence:  Gastón Ramón Torrescano-Urrutia, Tel: +526622892400, Fax: +526622800421, Email: gtorrescano@ciad.mx
Received: 25 October 2018   • Revised: 21 November 2018   • Accepted: 15 January 2019
The present paper reviews the findings of different research studies on the effect of natural ingredients in the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) diet on carcass characteristics and meat quality. The results show a relationship between the type and concentration of ingredients used in diets and carcass characteristics and meat quality. The inclusion of medicinal herbs (thyme, black seed, and mint), plants (canola), seeds (chickpea), spices (cinnamon and coriander), worms (earthworms), bee products (propolis), phytochemicals (lycopene), and edible fungi (common mushrooms) in the Japanese quail diet improved carcass quality characteristics compared to the control diets (basal diets). The inclusion of medicinal herbs (spearmint and green tea), spices (cinnamon), vegetables (tomato), plants (verbena and canola), seeds (marijuana), and edible fungi (oyster mushrooms) improved meat quality. In conclusion, the use of ingredients of natural origin in the Japanese quail diet improves carcass quality characteristics and meat quality.
Keywords: Japanese Quail; Animal Diet; Natural Ingredients; Carcass Quality; Meat Quality

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