IRTA & ITPSA develop Salmonella preventative
Salmonellosis is a zoonosis that affects humans
worldwide producing intestinal disorders of high-risk to specific segments of
population, such as the elderly, children and infants.
Approximately 30% of livestock individuals are considered carriers and,
therefore, potential transmitters of the Salmonella bacterium to foods (meat,
eggs and milk).
The European Union is
dedicating huge efforts to eradicate Salmonellosis
by isolating and sacrificing affected herds and
flocks since the use of antibiotics, as a preventive agent, is forbidden and,
thus, the therapeutic possibilities to prevent this illness at farm level are
practically non-existent, limiting current prevention to hygiene and handling
On this point, the research carried on at the Institute
for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA), in collaboration with
the company Industrial Técnica Pecuaria, S.A. (ITPSA), has allowed the joint
development of an innovative product for the prevention of Salmonella, which has
lead to an international patent and which will be commercialized throughout the
world by ITPSA under the trademark Salmosan. This new product is an
important step as to the availability of a prophylactic and effective tool
specific guaranties to control Salmonella on livestock, basing its preventive
effect in 5 points:
-It is a 100% natural vegetal product, obtained through
the technological treatment of fractioning and purification.
-The technological process which the product undergoes
accomplishes a polysaccharides structure that blocs the fimbrial adhesion of the
bacterium to the intestinal enterocytes.
-Accomplishment of a real and irreversible effect on
Salmonella, causing its elimination from the intestinal tract.
-The product acts directly in the animal's intestine,
without the mediation of metabolites.
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