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Animal Feed Additives

China to ban antibiotics as growth promoters

Estimated 400,000 tons of antibiotics produced annually
China's Ministry of Agriculture has announced a forthcoming ban on antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed. The ban is supported by the academic community, which believes that without antibiotics in animal feed, the health of animals will be better promoted, microbes' resistance to antibiotics will be lowered and food will become safer to eat.  
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Aquaculture feed producer sponsors IFFO responsible supply standard

EWOS sponsors Improvers' Program for fishmeal, fish oil factories
Aquaculture feed producer EWOS is sponsoring an Improvers’ Program extension to the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation’s Global Standard for Responsible Supply. The Improvers' Program will assist fishmeal and fish oil factories that fall short of compliance with the existing responsible supply standard for fish stock management and/or food safety and traceability in their factories. 
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Feed ingredients company seeks partners for Middle East expansion

Borregaard LignoTech wants local partners for animal feed additives business
Borregaard LignoTech, an animal feed ingredients company, is expanding its business in the Middle East and India, and seeks partners for its animal feed additives business in these regions. The company says it wishes to establish Borregaard LignoTech as a long-term supplier with the help of prospective partners that already have a strong local presence in these markets.
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Evonik to double L-lysine capacities in US

Expansion of plant to be complete by August 2012
Evonik Industries is doubling its capacities for producing the feed amino acid L-lysine in North America. A two-phase expansion of a Blair, Neb., plant to an annual capacity of 280,000 metric tons is expected to be completed by August 2012. 
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Perdue Agribusiness brings new crop to North Carolina farmers

Perdue's partnership with North Carolina-based TCI allows farmers to grow high erucic acid rapeseed crop
A partnership between Perdue AgriBusiness and Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Technology Crops International introduced a new crop, known as HEAR, to farmers in North Carolina. The crop, high erucic acid rapeseed, or HEAR, looks identical to canola, but the oil the crop produces has a different composition.
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Darling International sees second quarter net income growth

Net income reported at $52.2 million, up from $11.4 million in 2010
Darling International Inc., which makes protein meals that can be used as nutritional additives for the animal feed industry, reported a net income of $52.2 million for the second quarter of 2011 ended July 2, up from $11.4 million in 2010. For the same period in 2011, the company reported net sales of $470.6 million as compared to $166.2 million for the second quarter of 2010.
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Resistant bacteria breakthrough could benefit poultry producers

Natural ingredients discovered that fight resistant organisms
Staff at independent Dutch research organization TNO have identified natural ingredients capable of eradicating bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. The discovery has been tested on ESBL bacterial but can also be used to combat EHEC E. coli, with possible uses in both the poultry and pig industries. 
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Broiler fecal contamination detection system under development

New feed ingredient may increase safety of poultry meat
A system to identify miniscule traces of fecal contamination on chicken carcasses in abattoirs is being developed at the University of Aberystwyth, UK. The Improved Safety Initiative aims to develop a natural additive for poultry feed that will result in ultra-violet fluorescence of feces.
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US ethanol producer uses wheat to battle corn shortage

Andersons mixing wheat with corn to cut production costs, fight corn supply shortage.
U.S. ethanol producer The Andersons Inc. is mixing wheat into its corn-based biofuel in an effort to cut costs and diversify its supplier sources while fighting an increasing shortage in corn supplies. Andersons is mixing soft red winter wheat along with corn to produce the biofuel, according to Neill McKinstray, vice president and general manager of the company's ethanol division.
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Adisseo animal nutrition to make initial public offering in Hong Kong, Paris

Feed ingredient company aims to raise $1.5 billion through stock market listings
Bluestar Adisseo, an animal nutrition company and one of the largest producers of the poultry protein methionine, aims to raise around $1.5 billion in a Hong Kong-Paris dual initial public offering listing, according to reports. Adisseo plans to list itself on the markets in Hong Kong and Paris in September, with hopes of attracting European investors, reports say.
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