Poultry companies team up to tackle campylobacter

Two UK companies have announced a partnership aimed at developing a feed additive for poultry to reduce levels of campylobacter in chickens.

Banham Poultry and Akeso Biomedical said they would work together to seek to significantly reduce levels of campylobacter on poultry farms, using technology named Fe3C.

Originally developed by Akeso at the University of Nottingham, the iron complex chemistry works by preventing the binding of campylobacter to the chickens gastro-intestinal tract and subsequent infection.

Initial trials with the feed additives began in April. In preliminary studies, two feed additives trademarked Typlex and Q-Plex reduced infection levels in chicken, Akeso said.

Lars Brattinga, general manager of agriculture at Banham Poultry, said: This is a really exciting project for the industry. To reduce levels of campylobacter, we need to take action throughout the supply chain. We still dont know the source of campylobacter, which is what makes it so difficult to control. This feed additive could give us the tool we need to combat this bug.

Banham Poultry is an independent family business that produces approximately 780,000 fresh chickens for retail per week. Banham is an integrated poultry processor based in Norfolk with breeder farms, two hatcheries, broiler farms and processing facility.

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