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Probiotics: A Modern Solution to Coccidiosis and Necrotic Enteritis

28 December 2016

Biomin

CANADA - Remarks by Rami Dalloul, Virginia Tech, USA, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

Background

The decades-old practice of supplying food animals with sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics to protect against infections and improve general health has recently been under scrutiny. These practices are perceived to lead to microbial resistance to the drugs in use, as well as consumer concerns regarding residues in food products. The relatively recent ban of sub-therapeutic doses of certain antibiotics as feed additives in the European Union led to a general decline in animal health (Castanon, 2007). This outcome, as well as the threat of a domestic ban, has led researchers to explore the next promising alternatives including probiotics, vaccines, and potential combinations of the two.

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