Lallemand Animal Nutrition announced that its probiotic yeast LEVUCELL SB (Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079), which was recently authorised in the EU as a zootechnical additive for chickens and minor avian species for fattening, had received an Innov'Space innovation award from the organisers of France's leading livestock show, SPACE.

The product was given two stars, the highest rating of the award.

"We are thrilled by this recognition as we truly believe LEVUCELL SB for broiler chickens is a real added value and a totally new approach for the whole poultry production chain, to mitigate salmonella carriage risks, from farm to fork," Matthieu Baulez, Lallemand's global category manager for monogastric feed additives, said.

"This is the first time that a feed additive is authorised in the European Union (EU) with a specific food safety function. This means the authorities have acknowledged the benefits of a probiotic feed additive beyond zootechnical performance, on end-product quality, a benefit for the whole food chain up to consumer".

According to Lallemand, LEVUCELL SB helps balance the gut microbiota and strengthens the animal's natural defenses. Its effects, in favour of better intestinal conditions in vivo, show benefits pertaining to the reduction of carcass contamination by salmonella.

LEVUCELL SB utilises saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii, which has been used for several decades in human medicine for the prevention and treatment of digestive disorders such as those associated with the use of antibiotics or infections related to Clostridium difficile.

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