Alterion, the alternative to poultry antibiotic growth promoters, gets European approval

After successful introductions in the U.S., South America, the Middle East, China and South East Asia, the probiotic Alterion has received EFSA approval. The product, a natural alternative to antibiotic growth promoters in poultry farming, is now available globally

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New Delhi: Adisseo and Novozymes on 17th May announced that Alterion has been approved by EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority. The product will be launched across Europe in 2018.

Alterion is a probiotic for poultry developed by Adisseo and Novozymes. The product was first introduced in the U.S., the Middle East and South-East Asia in 2016 and has since also been launched in South America and China.

Based on a unique strain of Bacillus subtilis, Alterion has shown consistent performance in poultry herds across the world. It is a natural alternative to antibiotic growth promoters and allows poultry farmers to better control gut health of their animals and optimize feed conversion by 2 to 2.5 percent, meaning less feed consumed to raise an animal.

”Achieving the registration in Europe is a very important milestone and marks the global availability of Alterion. We are confident that the clear benefits of Alterion will convince the EU poultry business to adopt it on their farms,” says Paolo Doncecchi, Global Business Manager at Adisseo.

The partners are now working on new innovation to livestock producers.

”Our ambition is to offer safe and consistent alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters for the livestock production of the future. Building on the successful co-development and launch of Alterion, we are developing a joint pipeline of new products for swine and poultry,” says Camilla Bünner Kruse, Global Marketing and Partnership Manager at Novozymes.

The news is significant for India too where the antibiotic resistance among humans due to the rampant usage of antibiotic growth promoters in poultry and dairy farms has become a much talked about subject in the recent past.

For decades, antibiotics have been widely used in animal production to help livestock grow. Now more and more countries are restricting use of antibiotics for growth promotion as part of strategies to prevent development of resistance to antibiotic treatments in humans. Many producers also feel pressure from retailers and consumers for a more antibiotic-free production.

Probiotics are naturally occurring live microbes that stabilize the gut flora of poultry, pigs and other animals when ingested. They can improve animal health, growth rate and feed utilization, thereby saving resources and improving the sustainability of the animal farming industry.