Effect of Melissa officinalis supplementation on growth performance and meat quality characteristics in organically produced broilers
AuthorKasapidou, E.; Giannenas, I.; Mitlianga, P.; Sinapis, E.; Bouloumpasi, E.; Petrotos, K.; Manouras, A.; Kyriazakis, I.
1. A trial was conducted to study the effect of Melissa officinalis supplementation on organic broiler performance and meat chemical, microbiological, sensory and nutritional quality. 2. Male and female day-old Ross 308 chicks were fed on a standard commercial diet containing 0, 2.5, 5 or 10g/kg feed ground M. officinalis for 84d before slaughter. 3. Weight gain and feed conversion ratio were significantly improved in the broilers receiving either 5 or 10mg M. officinalis/kg feed. 4. Inclusion of M. officinalis did not affect muscle chemical and fatty acid composition. 5. On the basis of microbiological and sensory experimental data and subsequent extension of meat shelf life, M. officinalis did not reduce the microbial populations of the meat, but was effective in limiting lipid oxidation.