Lallemand Animal Nutrition offers Bactocell, a probiotic bacteria for use as a zootechnical additive in feed for laying hens. According to the company, Bactocell can increase laying rate by 2 percent, increase egg mass and shell resistance, result in a bigger yolk with a lower occurrence of blood spots and decrease cholesterol in egg yolk. Bactocell can also be used in feed for broilers, piglets, fattening pigs and aquaculture. It is also authorized by the European Commission as a feed additive, under the zootechnical additives category, for weaned piglets (Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003). The probiotic bacteria strain received a positive scientific opinion from EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed for use in drinking water for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, laying hens and chickens for fattening. A water soluble formulation of MA 18/5M is available under the trade name Bactocell Drink.