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Probiotic Action Examines Benefits of Probiotics for Livestock

Probiotic Action comments on a recent study showing that livestock who are fed probiotics are healthier and need less potentially harmful antibiotics.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

On December 17, 2013, Probiotic Action issued a statement after the release of a study examining the usage of probiotics in livestock. This study, conducted in Germany, concluded that when fed a particular type of probiotic, pigs were less likely to contract a harmful version of E coli and need fewer antibiotics to fight off infections.

This study, as reported by, stated that “pathogenic E. coli strains and their disease-causing genes were greatly lessened with probiotic E. faecium. The recent study also determined that there are E. coli strains that are beneficial, and those strains were not disturbed by E. faecium, even as it destroyed pathogenic E. coli.” As the study went on to state, probiotics could be effective particularly when contending with “antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, such as the deadly MRSA bacteria.”

Probiotic Action spokesperson Fernando Perez states that these findings could change the way that livestock are raised and that could have major ramifications for the meat production industry, saying, “The limits of what probiotics are capable of are truly astounding. Consumers are becoming more aware of what they are eating, and they are favoring antibiotic-free meats. The dosage of antibiotics that animals have to be given, due to the conditions in which they are bred, is astounding. If livestock are given probiotics as a natural way to keep them healthier overall, this can only positively affect the food supply.”

Perez continues, “The fact that certain probiotics targets negative strains of E coli while leaving good forms of it alone is especially important. How many times have E coli outbreaks harmed the food supply? The most telling part of this study is that probiotics can potentially offer solutions about how to deal with antibiotic-resistant infections in animals. Not only can the animal be healthier, it would cost less for the breeder, in terms of animal sickness, loss, etc. We think of probiotics in terms of natural acne treatments. Perhaps probiotics can be the first line of defense for healthier food as well.”

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