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Animal Feed Additives

Dioxin found in eggs from German farms

Farms shut down, cause still under investigation
The chemical dioxin has been found in above-permitted levels in eggs from five farms in the central German state of North Rhine Westphalia, according to the state agriculture ministry. The first three farms had levels of dioxin three to six times permitted levels, and all farms have been sealed off and are not permitted to sell any more eggs. 
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ADM, China Agricultural University research grain replacements in feed

Study looks into replacing some corn with co-products, corn stover
Archer Daniel Midlands Company and China Agricultural University have launched a research program to study the possibility of replacing a portion of the corn in cattle feed with a mix of corn processing co-products and corn stover. China's livestock currently consume about 112 million metric tons of corn per year, and cattle producers may be able to reduce their animals' consumption by more than half by using such a mix. 
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Taiwan investigating possible use of copper sulfate in animal feed

Substance can cause anemia, damage liver when taken in large amounts
Taiwan's Council of Agriculture is investigating the alleged use of copper sulfate in animal feed in response to a report that four feed companies may have bought the additive and that contaminated meat may already be on the market. According to reports, the companies bought the copper sulfate from Taoyuan County-based AmiA Co.  
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Anpario acquires Meriden Animal Health

Purchase will expand Anpario's reach in food additive sector
Feed additive supplier Anpario PLC has acquired Meriden Animal Health Limited, bringing another strong trading brand to Anpario and expanding its product technology while increasing its global market share in the feed additive sector, according to the company. In line with Anpario's strategy, Meriden will be run as a separate business, enabling the team to focus on selling and marketing feed additive products around the world. 
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Molasses as a feed ingredient in low-cost piglet diets

Molasses is an old ingredient, but where lactose is rare or expensive, it can offer a sound alternative with many advantages when used as a feed ingredient in piglet diets, and has an interesting story behind it.
Molasses can offer many advantages when used as a feedingredient in piglet diets. Yet it is rarely used in piglet diets beyond a mere2 to 5 percent. 
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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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