BASF and Balchem Corp. has received Food & Drug Administration approval to launch Amasil formic acid in poultry diets in the U.S.
Amasil was recently introduced in the U.S. for swine, and has been successfully used in poultry diets around the world. It is considered the most potent organic acid for feed acidification.
By lowering the feed pH, Amasil creates a less favorable environment for bacteria, which reduces feed-borne pathogen populations and decreases microbial intake. A reduction in pH also lowers the buffering capacity, which can improve the efficacy of many digestive enzymes and lead to improved feed efficiency and growth.
"With the highest molecular density of any organic acid approved in the U.S., Amasil provides a best in class value for feed acidification," said Christian Nitschke, BASF regional head, Animal Nutrition North America. "With Balchem, we can now deliver the benefits of Amasil to poultry and pork producers throughout North America."
"We are excited about this new opportunity to impact feed efficiency and growth for our poultry customers," noted Tom Powell, director of monogastrics, Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health. "Amasil delivers the feed hygiene benefits we need to meet consumer demands for a safe food supply."