Propionic Acid Is An Alternative To Antibiotics In Poultry Diet

  • MN Haque Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • R Chowdhury Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • KMS Islam Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
  • MA Akbar Department of Animal Nutrition, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
Keywords: Propionic acid, Preservatives, Growth promoter, Poultry

Abstract

Propionic acid (PA) is a fungicide and bactericide, registered to control fungi and bacteria in stored grains, hay, grain storage areas, poultry litter, and drinking water for livestock and poultry. European Union (EU) certifies PA as the great of grain preserver and most efficient in controlling Salmonella and other pathogens. Recently it is used as feed additive in poultry and non-ruminant production. Suitable inclusion level of PA is 0.2 to 0.4% which can improve the overall performances of poultry. The preservative effect of PA is due to its antibacterial and mould inhibitory effect. High bacteriostatic property of PA is due to its pH reduction activity both in feed and gastrointestinal tract through pharmacogenic action on microflora. Propionic acidA with its growth promoting, health enhancing and antimicrobial effect has proven to be an effective alternative to antibiotic growth promoters in food animal production.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v38i1-2.9920

BJAS 2009; 38(1-2): 115-122

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Haque, M., Chowdhury, R., Islam, K., & Akbar, M. (1). Propionic Acid Is An Alternative To Antibiotics In Poultry Diet. Bangladesh Journal of Animal Science, 38(1-2), 115-122. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjas.v38i1-2.9920
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