Using plant alkaloids in swine feed against Salmonella
The use of plant alkaloids in swine feed improves gut health and reduces stress levels.
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Yearly, approximately 94 million cases of human Salmonella infections are reported worldwide. In the U.S. alone this is estimated to lead to approximately 1 million illnesses per year. The consumption of contaminated pork is estimated to be responsible for between 1 percent and 8 percent of all foodborne Salmonella infections, depending on the region. Pigs that are infected with Salmonella are 3-4 times more likely to produce contaminated carcasses than non-infected pigs. Measures are needed to reduce carcass Salmonella contamination and ensure food safety.
Read the entire report on reducing the shedding of Salmonella with IQ alkaloids in July/August issue of Pig International.
Various studies, which are reviewed in this article, have shown that supplementation of swine feed with isoquinoline alkaloids (IQ) alkaloids contributes to food safety by reducing carcass contamination with Salmonella. IQ alkaloids can be an effective strategy to reduce carcass contamination in the slaughterhouse.
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