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PoultryStar® defined probiotic product – proves efficacy

by 5m Editor
20 March 2009, at 12:00am

PoultryStar® is a well-defined, multi-strain Direct Fed Microbial (DFM) for poultry, and contains live, viable, naturally occurring microorganism (probiotics) which are categorized and classified as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). PoultryStar® was developed in the course of a multinational reseach project partially funded by the European Union.

In the course of the project numerous intestinal bacteria were isolated out of the gut of several healthy chickens and thoroughly characterized combining morphological, physiological and genotypic methods. The most promising strains were evaluated for important probiotic criteria such as adhesion capability to intestinal cell lines, inhibition of pathogens, (e.g. S. enteritidis, S. typhimurium, S. choleraesuis, C. jejuni, E. coli and Cl. perfringens), immunological activity, range of metabolic end products like Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA), fermentation performance, stability against acids and bile salts, storage stability and safety status. Based on these results a synbiotic product consisting of strains belonging to the genera Enterococcus, Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and prebiotic fructooligosaccharides has been developed.

PoultryStar® active ingredients

Probiotic strains
The probiotic strains (Direct-Fed Microorganisms) developed and patented by BIOMIN were thoroughly investigated in our laboratories and selected due to their probiotic features and their ability to maintain a healthy gut microbial population under challenging environmental conditions. The strains were isolated out of the gut of healthy chickens thus providing a rationale for their safe and efficient use as a feed additive for poultry.


Prebiotic fructooligosaccharides

The fructooligosaccharides are derived from a natural plant source of the family [compositeae] (Cichorium intybus) and were tested in our laboratories for their ability to selectively stimulate the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria in the large intestine.

The efficacy of PoultryStar® in improving performance parameters and reducing Salmonella in poultry has been confirmed in several feeding trials. In this Newsletter results of 2 recently conducted feeding trials are presented.


Trial 1: Effect of PoultryStar® on broiler performance

A trial was conducted at the Department of Poultry Science, Texas A&M University, USA. The aim of the trial was to investigate the effects of PoultryStar® on growth parameters of broiler chickens.

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