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Antimicrobial Growth Promoters - Where do we go from here?

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Author(s): Edited by D. Barug, J. de Jong, A.K. Kies and M.W.A. Verstegen

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About The Book

  • It is widely acknowledged that the inclusion of antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs) in the diet of livestock increases growth rate. However, many questions arise on whether the benefits outweigh the risks, or vice versa. Recent legislative developments in the European Union and USA, recommendations by the World Health Organization, initiatives taken by the food chain, and consumer concerns all point to a widespread (voluntary) removal of antibiotic feed additives for animal growth promotion. In particular, Regulation (EC) 83 /2003 lays down provisions phasing out the authorisations of AGPs in the European Union as from January 2006. This book discusses how this will affect the use/non-use practice of AGPs.
  • Attention is given to the current status and rational design of developments and strategies for animal feeding without the inclusion of AGPs. Topics covered include benefits and risks of AGPs, risk assessment, consumer concerns and demands, regulatory aspects and international developments, mode of action and innovative alternatives, and recent advances in the analysis of AGPs and related products.

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Dimensions Unknown
Extent 422 pp
ISBN 9076998876
Book Type Hardcover


  • Foreword
  • Current use of antimicrobial growth promoters in food animals: the benefits
  • Use of antimicrobial growth promoters in food animals: the risks outweigh the benefits
  • Antimicrobial growth promoters: consumer concerns and demands
  • Phasing out antibiotic feed additives in the EU: worldwide relevance for animal food production
  • Non-human usage of antimicrobials: recent developments at FAO/ WHO/OIE
  • Risk analysis applied to antimicrobial resistance: the OIE approach
  • Potential human health impacts of banning antibiotics used in food animals: a case study of virginiamycin
  • Terminated use of antimicrobial growth promoters in pig production in Denmark: effects on pig welfare and productivity
  • Termination of AGP use and effect on subsequent production of broiler chickens in Sweden and Denmark during a 25-year period
  • Molecular basis for AGP effects in poultry
  • Rational development of novel microbial modulators
  • Use of in vitro models of the gastrointestinal tract (TIM systems and bioassays) for studying replacements for AGPs
  • An overview of the Feedstuffs-RADIUS project: rapid detection of banned antibiotics in animal feeds
  • Towards a control strategy for banned antibiotics and growth promoters in feed: the SIMBAG-FEED project
  • Novel approaches for the determination of probiotics in feed in the context of official control
  • Pitfalls and challenges for the official control of enzymes in feed
  • New authorisation of feed additives in the EU: the role of the Community Reference
  • The role of enzymes and betaine in antibiotic growth promoter free nutrition
  • Interfacing gut health and nutrition: the use of dietary pre- and probiotics to maximise growth performance in pigs and poultry
  • Acidification of diets as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters
  • Are herbs, botanicals and other related substances adequate replacements for antimicrobial growth promoters?
  • Bacteriophage: a safe and natural alternative to AGPs
  • Intestinal genomics for the evaluation of alternatives to AGPs: current situation and perspectives
  • Nutrition: immunomodulation towards Th1 or Th2 responses
  • Setting and meeting standards for the efficient replacement of pronutrient antibiotics in poultry and pig nutrition
  • Appropriate use of antimicrobial growth promoters: oxymoron or opportunity?
  • Index