China's management regulations for feed and feed additives, which aim to strengthen the management for the quality and safety of feed and feed additives in the country, are scheduled to be implemented on May 1, according to reports.

The implementation of the new regulations will bring greater market development opportunities to safe, nutritional and healthy feed products, such as yeast source bio-feeds, said Yu Xuefeng, executive director of the China Feed Industry Association and president of Angel Yeast Co. As a natural functional animal feed, yeast can improve the balance of animal gastrointestinal tract microflora/microenvironment and increase digestibility. The selenium enriched yeast produced by bio-fermentation can work as a safe and efficient organic selenium resource and reduce environment pollution of inorganic selenium. The yeast cell wall can also help to enhance immunity and decrease the animal diseases and antibiotic applications.

As it is nutrient-rich, the demand of yeast products is growing rapidly in the industry of animal breeding and food health. In recent years, more products originating from yeast, such as fubon autolyzed yeast, selenium yeast and yeast polysaccharide, have been chosen by international users and domestic enterprises to reduce antibiotic applications. Angel Yeast is setting up a new manufacturing line for the production of feed yeast products in Yichang, China, expected to begin operation in May, with an annual production capacity of 25,000 tons. "We should push ahead with the application of yeast source bio-feeds vigorously to improve the technological development and satisfy consumers' demand of safety, nutrition and health products," said Yu.