BASF, Balchem launch formic acid for U.S. swine market

Formic acid considered most potent organic acid for feed acidification.

BASF and Balchem Corp. introduced Amasil formic acid, now approved for use by swine producers in the U.S., at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Amasil has been successfully incorporated into swine diets around the world and 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 the pig's 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 for feed acidification in the U.S., Amasil provides a best in class value for consumer-responsive feed safety solutions.

"Amasil has been an important addition to swine diets in Europe for many years," said Christian Nitschke, BASF regional head, Animal Nutrition North America. "Recent trials in the U.S. demonstrate that Amasil can be a vital tool in the nursery through finishing stages of swine production. Together with Balchem, we now deliver the benefits of Amasil to pork producers throughout North America."

"As we move toward the many changes coming to the industry in 2017, Balchem is proud to add Amasil to our product line-up," noted Tom Powell, director of monogastrics, Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health. "Through research-proven feed hygiene improvements and efficiency benefits at all life stages, we are confident the industry will see significant performance improvements while continuing to meet consumer demands for a safe and affordable food supply."

Amasil formic acid is the first product offered from the collaboration BASF and Balchem announced in early May.

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