Calsporin® probiotic approved by the EC for fattening pigs

The probiotic Calsporin® (Bacillus subtilis C-3102, No. 4b1820 – gut flora stabilizer) has recently been approved by the European Commission for the use in feed for pigs for fattening. By having this new registration, Calsporin® covers the complete porcine production chain. The probiotic is allowed to use in diets for sows, suckling and weaned piglets and fatteners.

Calsporin® contains viable spores of Bacillus subtilis C-3102 and is with a content of 1.0 x 1010 cfu / gram highly concentrated. The natural shield of the spores support the Bacillus strain to survive high temperatures during feed processing.

The low inclusion ratio of 15 ppm makes the probiotic an attractive feed component to secure intestinal health of fattening pigs. Calsporin® supports the development of a healthy microflora in the intestinal tract by shifting the microbial colonization in favor of mainly Lactobacillus spp. In turn the proportion of opportunistic bacteria such as Coliforms, Salmonella and Clostridium spp. will be reduced.

Growth performance of the fattening pigs improves by the addition of 15 ppm Calsporin® in the diet. A meta-analyses based on 4 registration studies shows that Calsporin® increases live weight at slaughter (+ 2,6%), raises daily gain (+ 3,8%) and improves feed conversion ratio (-3,6%). Carcass characteristics and meat quality often reveal higher lean meat percentages.

The new registration complements the existing approval of Calsporin® in feed for all avian species (broilers, laying hens, turkeys and minor avian species), the complete porcine production chain (sow, suckling and weaned piglets, pigs for fattening) and pet / ornamental species  (dogs, ornamental birds and fish).

CALSPORIN®, manufactured in Japan by Asahi Calpis Wellness Co. Ltd, is being sold and marketed in Europe by Orffa.

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