BASF has cleared an important regulatory hurdle for the EU market approval of the animal feed additive Natugrain® TS.
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, Animal Nutrition Section, of the European Commission has agreed to the sale of the animal feed additive throughout the EU. Marketing authorisation was published in the Official Journal on April 3, 2009 and covers the animal species of broiler chicken, broiler turkeys, laying hens, ducks and piglets.
The animal feed additive Natugrain TS contains the two non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) splitting enzymes ß-endoxylanase and ßendoglucanase.
These enzymes allow the monogastric animals to digest the otherwise virtually indigestible non-starch polysaccharide compounds contained in a plant-derived diet and convert them to energy. The enzymes are manufactured using BASF’s own production strain of the fungal species Aspergillus synthesised by the biocatalytic method of fermentation.
BASF supplies Natugrain TS in two formulations: as a heat-resistant powder for mixing straight with the dried feed prior to pelleting, and as a liquid for spraying onto the pellets after they have cooled down after pelleting. The liquid formulation is recommended if temperatures during the pelleting process exceed 85°C or if the feed is conditioned for a very long period (addition of saturated water vapour) prior to pelleting, for example for feed hygienisation reasons.
BASF Nutrition Ingredients is thus extending its portfolio of enzymes for animal nutrition, which already contains various phytase formulations in the Natuphos product line.