Lallemand Animal Nutrition is pleased to announce that its probiotic bacteria BACTOCELL (Pediococcus acidilactici MA 18/5M) is now authorized in Europe as a zootechnical feed additive for use in minor avian species for fattening and for laying1. This authorization covers species such as ducks and game (quail and pheasant, among others). Trials performed in research stations and commercial farms have demonstrated the efficacy of the probiotic to improve growth performance and feed efficiency of fattening ducks. The authorization of the probiotic has also extended to minor porcine categories (weaned and for fattening). These authorizations cover both BACTOCELL for use in feed (BACTOCELL and BACTOCELL ME) and BACTOCELL DRINK for use in livestock water for drinking.
Matthieu Baulez, Category Manager for Lallemand, comments: “At a time when the livestock industry is searching for valuable alternatives to antibiotics in feed, it is good news that the European Union once again recognized the safety and efficacy of Pediococcus acidilactici MA 18/5M and extends its authorization to other avian species for which limited solutions are available. Through a beneficial effect on the poultry digestive microflora, the probiotic bacteria can help improve the microbial environment (balanced fecal microflora) and animal growth performance. For example, studies in fattening ducks performed in Europe have shown an increase of daily weight gain of +2-4 g/day on average and -2% feed conversion rate. Improved feed efficiency is translated into enhanced farm revenue.”
BACTOCELL is also authorized in the European Union for use in laying hens (Regulations (EU) No 212/2011 and (EU) No 413/2013), chickens for fattening (Regulations (EC) No 1200/2005 and (EU) No 413/2013), weaned piglets (Regulations (EU) No 1120/2010 and (EU) No 413/2013), pigs for fattening (Regulations (EC) No 2036/2005 and (EU) No 413/2013) and aquaculture (all fish and shrimps) (Regulations (EC) No 911/2009 and (EU) No 95/2013).