News update:May 12, 2010

Feed additive for poultry nutrition enters EU

BASF has cleared an important regulatory hurdle for the EU market approval of the animal feed additive Natugrain® TS.

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, Animal Nutrition Section, of the European Commission has agreed to the sale of the animal feed additive throughout the EU. Marketing authorization was published in the Official Journal on April 3, 2009 and covers broiler chickens, broiler turkeys, laying hens, ducks and piglets.

Two NSP enzymes

The animal feed additive Natugrain TS contains the two non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) splitting enzymes ß-endoxylanase and ß-endoglucanase. These enzymes allow the monogastric animals to digest the otherwise virtually indigestible non-starch polysaccharide compounds contained in a plant-derived diet and convert them to energy. The enzymes are manufactured using BASF’s own production strain of the fungal species Aspergillus synthesised by the biocatalytic method of fermentation.

Power and liquid

BASF supplies Natugrain TS in two formulations: as a heat-resistant powder for mixing straight with the dried feed prior to pelleting, and as a liquid for spraying onto the pellets after they have cooled down after pelleting. The liquid formulation is recommended if temperatures during the pelleting process exceed 85°C or if the feed is conditioned for a very long period (addition of saturated water vapor) prior to pelleting, for example for feed hygienization reasons.

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Natalie Berkhout

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