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on May 19, 2009

EU approves vaccine against boar taint

Pfizer's Improvac reduces levels of two major boar taint compounds to below sensory thresholds

The European Commission approved May 19 Pfizer Animal Health marketing its swine vaccine across Europe, according to a Pfizer press release.

Improvac, now approved in 52 countries around the world, reduces the levels of androstenone and indirectly skatole – the two major boar taint compounds – to below sensory thresholds.

The vaccine is an animal-friendly alternative to physical castration and does not compromise meat quality, according to Pfizer.

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