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Diamond V seeks patent for pre-harvest pathogen reduction

Reducing pathogens prior to slaughter can improve food safety.

Diamond V announced the patent-pending use of Diamond V Original XPC as a "method for foodborne pathogen reduction in livestock."

Feeding the product as recommended during food animal production helps reduce the prevalence and numbers of salmonella and campylobacter in the animal, production environment and food processing plant, as described in the pending patent and supported by numerous scientific studies, Diamond V said, noting that reducing these pathogens prior to slaughter can improve food safety.

More than 125 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles describe how the pre-harvest technologies of Diamond V products support immunity, health and performance of poultry, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, aquaculture species and other food animals, the announcement said.

Diamond V's pending patent is based on numerous studies at many research institutions that involved pathogenic challenges to healthy animals by several different strains of salmonella and campylobacter. The resulting body of scientific knowledge on the effects of Original XPC on foodborne pathogen reduction represents the largest known collection of pre-harvest food safety research projects, the company said. These projects are the replicable work of leading investigators using varying methods.

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