July 26, 2017

26/07/2017: BIOMIN submits EU dossier for Digestarom® DC as zootechnical feed additive in piglets

Following the launch of the innovative phytogenic feed additive at VIV Asia in March, BIOMIN continues the global rollout by applying for zootechnical status in the EU

Following a successful start to a global launch, BIOMIN submitted a dossier for the EU authorisation of Digestarom® DC, a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), for zootechnical status based on its ability to improve the performance parameters of weaned piglets. 

Michael Noonan
Image credit: BIOMIN
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.

Multiple trials
The EU dossier, submitted for evaluation in May, includes three efficacy trials and one 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) appetising and endogenous secretions, 2) gut microbiota modulation, and 3) gut protection. 

Image credit: BIOMIN
Market leadership
The submission of Digestarom® DC for zootechnical authorisation 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.

Next steps

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.

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