Biomin Secures US Patent for Innovative Synbiotic

US - Biomin has been granted patent protection in the US for its multi-species synbiotic PoultryStar. The approval, patent number US 8101170, brings the total number of patents granted to Biomin to over 100.
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By combining carefully selected, well defined live strains of the genus Enterococcus, Pediococcus, Lactobacillus and Bifodbacterium with prebiotic fructooligosaccharides, the product promotes beneficial gut microflora in day-old chicks and birds of all ages, making them more resistant to pathogens.

PoultryStar® is the result of multinational research and industrial partnership, cofounded by the EU. Its efficacy has been confirmed in numerous feeding trials worldwide.

"The unique probiotic strains in PoultryStar® were isolated from the gut of healthy chickens making them host specific, and safe and efficacious for use as a feed additive for poultry. Importantly, the PoultryStar® strains were selected from different parts of the chicken intestinal tract to ensure their reproduction and colonisation throughout most of the gut," says Michaela Mohnl, Product Manager for probiotics within Biomin.

PoultryStar is a proven solution for growth promotion that addresses the demand for a product to help tackle growing potential problems resulting from ever-tighter restrictions worldwide on infeed antibiotics. Some of these potential problems include a greater occurrence of infectious poultry diseases, performance losses, food borne disease in humans and the increased use of therapeutic antibiotics.

A series of studies conducted at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University showed that PoultryStar was efficacious in the control of poultry diseases related to Clostridium perfringens, like necrotic enteritis.

Latest research findings from the Department of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas revealed that the prophylactic feeding of PoultryStar to broilers significantly reduced the incidence of lameness.

Ms Mohnl continues: "Patent approval for PoultryStar in the US is further recognition not only of Biomin’s commitment to producers, but also of our dedication to innovation and R&D that help solve the problems confronting today’s food production."

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