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New Report Published on Prebiotics, Antibiotics

by 5m Editor
5 October 2011, at 9:23am

IRELAND - A new report explains the mechanisms by which prebiotics, in comparison to antibiotics, can confer better protection against invading pathogens in chickens.

Over decades, antibiotics have routine been added in poultry diets at low doses to maximise growth and to control intestinal pathogens that accidentally contaminate poultry products during processing. According to Research and Markets, unfortunately, this practice has favoured resistance to antibiotics among human pathogens. Consequently, human infections are more difficult to treat. There is, now, increasing interests to discontinue the use of antibiotics in the nutrition of livestock animals.

There is, therefore, an urge to develop biological products that could sustain efficiency of production and safety of poultry meat and eggs for human consumption in the absence of antibiotics. Prebiotics are considered as potential alternatives to antibiotics, but scientific evidences are lacking.

The publisher says its book – entitled Prebiotics and antibiotics in poultry health. Edition No. 1 – helps elucidating the mechanisms by which prebiotics, in comparison to antibiotics, can confer better protection against invading pathogens in chickens. It adds that the book is greatly relevant to professionals, industrialists and farmers who have major interests in the use of antibiotics and prebiotics to improve animal health and safety of animal products.

Prebiotics and antibiotics in poultry health. Edition No. 1 was published by VDM Publishing House in September 2010 (104 pages).

Further Reading

- You can order the publication by clicking here.