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Antibiotic-Free Meat

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4 major additives that replace antibiotics with success

Antibiotics are disappearing quickly from animal production, and these four additives have been first to show positive results in replicating their end result, if not their mode of action.
There is no additive, not of a medicinal nature, that can replace the role of antibiotics for therapeutic purposes. Sick animals requiring antibiotic treatment under veterinarian care should receive appropriate antibiotics at proper dosages to ensure their health and welfare. What happens to such animals raised under no-antibiotics-ever production is a matter that has to do with the marketing/commercial aspects of such business.
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Gut health

How gut health affects animal performance in ABF production

Maintaining a balanced and effective microbiome is essential for health.
The challenge of antibiotic-free production makes gut health even more important for animal performance. Maintaining a balanced and effective microbiome is essential for health. The relationship between it and the host is complex but there are novel opportunities for positive manipulation.
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Antibiotic elimination

EU animal feed stakeholders on the state of antibiotic-free production

The European Union has carved out a tough plan to push antibiotic-free animal production, backed up by peer-reviewed science highlighting the importance of nutrition.
Europe leads by example in its regulatory push away from antibiotic use in animal production, but success will rely on an integrated mindset change and continued innovation in the field.
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Bacteriophage

Future animal health applications for bacteriophages

Gene products used as antibiotics alternatives show potential in fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Scientists believe that bacteriophage gene products could eventually be used to target bacterial pathogens, such as C. perfringens, in commercial livestock and poultry applications.
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New perspectives on fiber in poultry gut health

With a better understanding of the role of fiber in poultry feed ingredients, nutritionists can look to benefit gut health as a whole.
Helping bacteria in the broiler microbiome to better ferment fiber offers the opportunity to enhance bird performance.
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Chili's and Maggiano's commit to reducing antibiotics in chicken

Chili’s and Maggiano’s parent company Brinker International has updated its animal welfare standards to include a commitment to working toward elimination of the use of medically important antibiotics in its chicken supply chains, with exceptions for treatment and non-routine control of diagnosed illness.
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Chicken nugget labels must mean something to HuffPost

Review offers recommendations on chicken nugget products viewed as healthy and those seen as less favorable
If you haven’t seen the recent review in the Huffington Post that lists what a panel of dietitians have listed as the healthiest frozen chicken nuggets, the ones that are “iffy” and the ones to avoid, it is worth reading.
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Alternative protein

Algae in animal feed gains momentum with new research

With more than 40,000 recognized algae species globally, research into macro- and microalgae is gaining momentum for biofuel, human food and animal feed.
Leading researchers agree algae holds huge protein promise; however, its array of bioactive compounds is where this aquatic organism could truly create a dent in the animal nutrition market.
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Maple Leaf opting for organic growth over acquisitions

After multiple acquisitions over in 2017 and 2018, Maple Leaf Foods will focus on building poultry plant, growing its plant-based protein business and expanding RWA products’ reach into US
The past two years have been busy ones for Maple Leaf Foods on the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) front.
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