Probiotic Bactocell gets the green light for laying hens in Europe

09-03-2011 | | |

Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s probiotic Bactocell has been authorised by the European Commission as a zootechnical feed additive for laying hens.

The new authorisation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This authorisation is the recognition of Bactocell’s safety and efficacy to enhance laying hens zootechnical performance. It is based on an important registration dossier containing several zootechnical trials performed in different countries, under various conditions, representative of the EU farming practices. Bactocell has been authorised for use in Europe for chickens for fattening, as well as for fattening pigs, weaned piglets and aquaculture (shrimps and salmonids).

A statistical analysis (meta-analysis) of the data from four trials performed in several countries, under different rearing conditions, demonstrates the beneficial effects of Bactocell supplementation on laying hens zootechnical performance including an increased laying rate (+2.8%), improved feed conversion rate (-3.2%) and increased exported eggs mass (+3.5%).

In addition, egg quality parameters are also improved with Bactocell, including increased shell resistance translated in the reduction of broken eggs, reduction of downgraded eggs 50%) and increased average egg mass.

Moreover, the scientific studies conducted for many years to understand Bactocell’s modes of action and interactions with the feed, the gut microflora, and the digestive tract, show the effects of the probiotic on the hens gut’s health and function. These are translated into health benefits for the producer: improved gut microflora balance, reduction of pathogens (salmonella, clostridium, coliforms…), strengthening of the gut barrier (reduced microscopic inflammation, improved cellular integrity).

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