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% since.
The figures come from a survey of feed manufacturers in seven 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 the company's 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.
though, we research and develop plant extract-based performance enhancers with
the same precision and scientific rigour as amino acid
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