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Canada Invests in Anti-Microbial Feed Additives for Food Safety

1 August 2016, at 12:00am

CANADA - Canada's government is providing an investment of $3.4 million to help a company called AbCelex Technologies develop a new line of anti-microbial feed additives to help control disease outbreaks in poultry flocks.

The company is developing a line of innovative non-antibiotic, non-hormonal additives that are specifically targeted at Campylobacter and Salmonella, two of the most common food-borne bacteria that infect poultry. The new anti-microbials – called "nanobodies" – will result in healthier poultry and improve food safety.

The investment was announced by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, who said: "Our Government is committed to positioning Canada as a global leader for innovation – one that creates well-paying jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians.

"Today’s announcement is a prime example of that priority in action: these innovations will reduce the use of antibiotics and result in safer food, a healthier population and a more productive agricultural economy."

This project will be conducted in collaboration with the International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto and the Colorado Quality Research Inc.

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