An additive prohibited by the EU has been found in large quantities in feed for livestock
European Union authorities are on standby due to the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), found in the feed of livestock in various European countries. The substance in question is a B2 vitamin (riboflavin 80%), used as an additive and made from Bacillus subtillis KCCM-10445, a genetically modified and banned bacteria. Special attention is being given to the propagation of resistant genes, which can lead to antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans.
The European Union has declared itself GMO-free; in other words, it does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture and livestock production within EU territories. Vitamin B2 has been banned since September 19th, 2018, because of the medium- and long-term risks it poses to animals and public health.
Faced with this adversity from the European bloc, the animal nutrition market has adopted strategies to meet animals’ vitamin B2 requirements.
StarYeast®, a product developed by ICC Brazil, is a great alternative solution. It is a dry inactive yeast derived from the fermentation of sugarcane molasses. Aside from its high palatability, StarYeast® offers an excellent nutritional profile and is highly concentrated in B vitamins. Among these is vitamin B2, necessary for animal nutritional requirements. This ICC Brazil product is natural, safe and GMO-free.