Following a successful start to a global launch, BIOMIN submitted a dossier for the EU authorization of Digestarom® DC, a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), for zootechnical status based on its ability to improve the performance parameters of weaned piglets.
Focus on piglets
For piglets, achieving high feed intake early on is crucial. “Phytogenics can be particularly relevant for young animals to reduce gut disorders, counter weaning stress, encourage milk and feed intake and boost immunity—all of which can help set them on the path to the most productive future possible,” explained Michael Noonan, Global Product Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN.
The EU dossier, submitted for evaluation in May, includes 3 efficacy trials and 1 tolerance trial with weaned piglets that were conducted to demonstrate the efficacy and the safety of Digestarom® DC.
“The trials conducted with Digestarom® DC have shown better growth performance, greater weight gain and improved feed efficiency in piglets,” stated Mr Noonan. “Particularly in the context of profitability, competitiveness and as a tool in antibiotic reduction, PFAs have a clear role to play in supporting swine producers by promoting gut health and performance,” he added.
Innovative Biomin® Duplex Capsule
Digestarom® DC incorporates a unique encapsulation technology that ensures continuous delivery of active phytogenic compounds throughout the digestive process, demonstrates stability under common pelleting conditions and offers easier handling. The Biomin® Duplex Capsule also supports the triple action formulation of Digestarom® DC, which consists of three modules: 1) appetizing and endogenous secretions, 2) gut microbiota modulation, and 3) gut protection.
The submission of Digestarom® DC for zootechnical authorization marks the latest milestone in ongoing activities around phytogenics at BIOMIN. “This fits neatly with our efforts to focus on phytogenics, deepen the industry and scientific understanding, commit further resources and deliver novel developments in a longstanding product line with a proven track record,” said Mr Noonan. In 2016, BIOMIN announced its ambition to become PFA market leader by 2020.
The dossier for zootechnical registration has been submitted for scientific review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). “We have worked diligently to fully comply with the necessary requirements, and look forward to the outcome,” commented Mr Noonan.