BIOMIN announces EU authorization of Digestarom

Piglet feed additive approved

Innovative animal nutrition firm BIOMIN has achieved EU authorization for the Digestarom DC Duplex capsule in its next-generation phytogenic feed additive, Digestarom DC Xcel, as a zootechnical feed additive in weaned piglets.

“This EU authorization highlights the scientifically proven benefits of applying the proprietary mix of plant-based substances to piglet diets,” commented Dr Antonia Tacconi, Global Product Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN.

The zootechnical authorization reinforces the conclusion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) favorable Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of Duplex Capsule (DC-C) in weaned piglets.

“Based on the results of three efficacy studies in which positive benefits were seen, the additive has a potential to improve the growth performance of weaned piglets,” stated the Opinion.

 Science-based solution for pigs

Encouraging high feed intake in piglets is a key driver for producer profitability, animal fitness and overall performance. Application of phytogenic feed additives is projected to increase in the coming years.

“Phytogenic feed additives such as Digestarom DC Xcel contain substances found in herbs and essential oils that improve swine feed digestibility, reduce inflammation and promote growth,” explained Dr Tacconi.

“A growing body of scientific knowledge led by the BIOMIN Research Center and our research network has gone into making Digestarom DC Xcel a value-adding solution for the feed and livestock industries,” commented Dr Tacconi.   

 Unique formulation

“As a next generation phytogenic feed additive, the unique advantages of Digestarom DC are the performance benefits, pelleting stability, ease of handling and a documented mode of action,” stated Dr Tacconi.

The triple-action formulation of Digestarom DC Xcel incorporates the innovative Biomin Duplex Capsule technology that ensures the plant-based active compounds are delivered where they are needed to be most effective. The three modules include: 1) promoting appetizing and endogenous secretions, 2) gut microbiota modulation and 3) gut protection.

 Road to EU authorization

On 5 February 2020, European Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2020/160 was published enacting the zootechnical authorization of key components of Digestarom DC. In May 2017, BIOMIN submitted an EU dossier for the core components of Digestarom DC Xcel as a zootechnical feed additive in piglets.