Sharp increase in use of plant extracts
The use of plant extracts and essential oils
('extracts') by feed companies in the EU has risen from 55% before the January
2006 EU ban on antibiotic growth promoters in animal feeds to 75%
The figures come from a survey of feed manufacturers in 7 EU countries
carried out by the specialist ingredients manufacturer Pancosma. It also found
76% of participants said they believed extracts would become even more important
in the future.
A key issue behind this trend is a growing acceptance of and confidence in
the performance-enhancing properties of extracts, according to Pancosma
spokesman Gavin Raper. He says an essential component of introducing new
extract-based products to the market is employing rigorous
scientific-methodology during their development.
"In the early days of introducing plant-based feed supplements, the
development of some products may have owed more to herbalism than science," he
says. "Today though, we research and develop plant extract-based performance
enhancers with the same precision and scientific rigour as amino acid
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