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Dietary diformates as alternative to AGP´s

Dietary diformates as alternative to AGP´s

Enteric disorders are one of the most important groups of diseases which affect poultry production world-wide and they are continuing to cause high economic losses due to increased mortality rates, decreased weight gain, increased medication costs, and increased feed conversion rates. 

Estimates of the annual costs of poultry-associated cases of salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, two major causes of foodborne diseases in humans, in the United States alone ranged from $64 million to $114.5 million and $362 million to $699 million, respectively (BRYAN AND DOYLE, 1995). In the past this hazard was controlled by the prophylactic use of antibiotics. Since the EU ban on antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in 2006, which led other markets to consider similar steps, new strategies against gastrointestinal diseases in livestock have been developed. Organic acids and their salts are commonly used to suppress gastrointestinal disorders and thereby improve productivity. Potassium diformate for instance, is the first substance with EU-approval as a non-antibiotic growth promoter for pigs.

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