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Animal Feed Additives

New China regulations provide opportunities for yeast bio-feed products

Angel Yeast to set up new manufacturing line for feed yeast, develop market
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.  
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FDA to withdraw approval for antibiotics in animal feed

Federal judge has ruled that overuse is endangering human health
A U.S. federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to begin proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to reports. The FDA began such proceedings in 1977, prompted by concerns of the widespread use of certain antibiotics, such as tetracyclines and penicillin, in livestock feed, but the approval remained in place. 
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South Africa feed company breeding maggots for protein

AgriProtein Technologies focusing on nutrient recycling, sustainable alternatives to fishmeal
South Africa-based AgriProtein Technologies is breeding maggots as a sustainable alternative protein source for animal feed and looking for ways to expand their business to meet industry needs. The company is part of a new industry called nutrient recycling, which uses organic waste to create protein. 
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Annual feed convention to highlight ag policy, food/feed safety

National Grain and Feed Association to hold 116th annual convention March 18 through 20
The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, top executives from the grain and rail industries, and the Food and Drug Administration’s top food and feed safety official will headline the program when the National Grain and Feed Association kicks off its 116th annual convention on March 18–20 in Charleston, S.C. During the three-day event, industry leaders also will focus on the aftermath of the MF Global Inc. bankruptcy, including initial policy recommendations from the National Grain and Feed Association’s MF Global Task Force on ways to enhance protection of customer funds. 
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American Soybean Association supports permanent trade relations with Russia

Trade expansion critical to increasing soybean exports, enhancing long-term competitiveness abroad
The American Soybean Association is urging the Senate Finance Committee to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia as the committee holds hearings on the implications of Russia's accession into the World Trade Organization for the U.S. The U.S. has maintained normal trade relations with Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992. 
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Global choline chloride market to reach 515,000 tons by 2017

Central and South America, China driving growth
The global choline chloride market is predicted to reach 515,300 tons by 2017, propelled by increasing demand as a supplement in industries such as feed for poultry, swine and fish farming, according to a report released by Global Industry Analysts Inc. Future growth is primarily driven by the developing markets of Central and South America and the Far Eastern countries, particularly China. 
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Western Feed voluntarily recalling Kountry Buffet animal feed

Company reports deaths of horses as result of feed consumption
Western Feed LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffet 14 percent feed because it may contain monensin sodium, which is potentially fatal for horses, according to reports. Monensin sodium is a medication used for some livestock and poultry, but it can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels. 
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Kemin China to set up post-doctoral research station

Zhuhai facility will help further enhance research capability in China, attract company talent
Kemin China has been officially qualified by the Ministry of Personnel, PRC, for setting up a post-doctoral research station in Zhuhai. Guangdong Provincial government will provide an initial RMB700,000 funding to Kemin China to set up a post-doctoral research station, which will mainly be used to build new laboratory, purchase new equipment and recruit post-doctoral researchers. 
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Using carbohydrases in pig and poultry feed to reduce feed cost

The use of carbohydrases in animal feed has a clear financial benefit, especially when cereal prices are high.
Energy is the most expensive "nutrient" in every animal diet. In fact, the major source of energy, starch, makes up about 50 percent of most diets for monogastrics (pigs and poultry). But, energy is also derived from lipids and non-starch carbohydrates, such as non-starch polysaccharides (after suitable enzyme supplementation).
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China to destroy 6.7 metric tons ractopamine-fed US beef

Banned feed additive in dispute, but zero-tolerance policy holds for now
The Taipei City government's Department of Environmental Protection will burn 6.771 metric tons of U.S. beef containing the feed additive ractopamine to ensure that the contaminated meat does not reach Chinese consumers, according to reports. The beef, confiscated from Taipei-based beef importer Shusen Corp., is the first batch of U.S. beef containing the banned feed additive to be destroyed in wake of recent inspections. 
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