March 28, 2017
The pressure on the use of AGP's in Asia has gained momentum since South Korea's ban in 2011, Nutriad says.
At the recent VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, the multinational feed additives producer presented solutions for reduction of antibiotics usage in livestock production.
This year's VIV Asia served as an excellent platform for sharing insights on how feed additives can help the reduction of non-therapeutic use of antibiotics. Nutriad attended to industry experts from across the world at its booth and participated in several conferences and seminars during the week.
At the technical conference "Immunosuppression 2017" which took place before the opening day of VIV Asia, Dr. Radka Borutova (right, pictured) business development manager at Nutriad, presented "Mycotoxins: A gateway to infectious diseases". Consumption of some mycotoxins, at levels that do not cause overt clinical mycotoxicosis, suppresses immune functions and may decrease resistance to infectious disease, according to Dr. Borutova.
As Asia Pacific countries are still importing most of their raw feed ingredients – coupled with the apparent severity of the mycotoxin situation in Europe and US, APAC's poultry, swine, ruminants and aquaculture producers are exposed to an increased mycotoxin risk in 2017, Dr. Borutova added.
On the final day of VIV Asia, Dr. Tim Goossens (left, pictured) business development manager at Nutriad, presented the challenges that producers of gut health promoting additives are facing.
"By now, it is clear that many active ingredients can be linked to gut health. But to develop a product that is just as robust as AGPs, their potential needs to be maximized," Dr. Goossens said. He referred to butyrate as an example. "Butyrate has the potential to trigger several physiological responses that are beneficial for gut health and performance. That potential will only be met, if you invest in a coating that is able to deliver butyrate throughout the entire digestive tract, like Nutriad does with ADIMIX®Precision."
Erik Visser (right, pictured), CEO of Nutriad, concluded: "Pressure from government regulation and consumers will shape the demands on livestock and aquaculture producers in Asia as far as antibiotics usage is concerned, just as we are seeing and have seen in other parts of the world. With a proven track record of additive solutions across the world, Nutriad is well positioned to work alongside producers to define answers for today's and tomorrow's challenges. Feedback from the industry at the recent VIV once more showed how our collaborative approach to the market is appreciated and valued."