Lallemand Animal Nutrition has announced that its lactic acid bacteria Pediococcus acidilactici MA 18/5M is now authorised by the European Commission for use in drinking water for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, laying hens and chickens for fattening (Regulation (EU) No 413/2013 ).
The water soluble formulation of this key probiotic is now available under the trade name Bactocell Drink. This formulation is the fruit of research and development in probiotic formulation aimed at addressing specific situations in addition to the probiotic’s incorporation in feed. It offers flexibility and rapidity in farmers and technicians intervention, thus allowing to extend the use of this safe and effective zootechnical feed additive.
Bactocell Drink can be incorporated directly into water lines at farm level at the precise dosage and required time of intervention such as during certain changes, for example after vaccination etc. A recent trial conducted in Egypt (Prof. Awaad, University of Cairo, 2012, unpublished) after a pathogen challenge episode in laying hens indicates that the product could help reinforce animals’ natural defenses.
In the case of very young animals, for which solid feed intake can be very low and irregular, the addition of the product in the water ensures that they receive an adequate dose of probiotic from the very first days to support the stabilisation of their gut microflora.
The use of Bactocell Drink in drinking water can also help overcome some technological issues of probiotic incorporation into pelleted feed (broiler feed for example).
Bactocell is also already authorised for use in complete feed for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, chickens for fattening, laying hens, shrimps and fish.
The product is a homo-fermentative bacteria. These types of bacteria convert complex nutrients into lactic acid L+, which aids better digestion. With its positive impact on intestinal maturation, allows better digestibility and an optimal protection against negative effects that might be due to non beneficial bacteria.