First microbial authorised for liquid feed hygiene available in Ireland
A unique lactic acid bacteria strain, commercially known as Bactocell, has become the first microbial authorised in the EU for liquid feed.
The recent authorisation of Bactocell, which was already registered as a zootechnical feed additive, is the latest advancement in liquid feed hygiene and is aimed at improving gut health, supporting immune function, and enhancing overall performance.
This authorisation is a game changer for pig producers using liquid feeding systems, especially in Ireland where around 70% of pigs are liquid-fed due to the availability of nutrient-rich co-products from the food and beverage industries.
With the need to sustain animal health and minimise the use of antibiotics and chemicals, Bactocell serves as a nutritional aid to support innovative feeding strategies.
How does Bactocell work in liquid feeding systems?
The lactic acid bacteria strain, Pediococcus acidilactici CNCM I-4622, has been recognised by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its safety and potential to reduce pH and limit the growth of coliform bacteria in liquid feeds.
The authorisation is for use in all animal species (REGULATION (EU) 2023/53) as a technological feed additive in the functional group of acidity regulators and hygiene condition enhancers.
By converting non-digestible carbohydrates into L+ lactic acid, Bactocell promotes a healthier bacterial balance, helping maintain the nutritional quality of liquid feed and reducing the colonisation of harmful bacteria contributing to negative biofilm formation.
What are the benefits of adding a probiotic into a liquid feed system?
Liquid feed systems in pig units can be difficult to keep clean and if left unchecked, can build up harmful microbial biofilms, which have a knock-on effect on pig health and performance.
Adding Bactocell into liquid feed will therefore help to:
Prevent the growth of harmful biofilms
Produce enzymes that disrupt negative biofilms
Stabilise the microbial environment of the liquid feed.
By keeping the harmful microbes in check and creating a stable microbial environment in the liquid feed, Bactocell can help to maintain the nutritional quality of the feed and support the health and performance of pigs.