Antimicrobial Properties of Herbs and Spices and Their Potential Use in Diets for Pigs

Period of Performance: 01/01/2003 - 12/31/2003

$75K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Newport Laboratories, Inc.
727 Oxford Street; PO Box 938
Worthington, MN 56187
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Antibiotic growth promoters are used in diets for newly weaned pigs, and may increase the risk of transmitting antibiotic-resistant bacteria from livestock to the human food chain . It is anticipated that this experiment will identify natural products that can effectively replace antibiotic growth promoters in diets for newly weaned pigs. If successful, the use of antibiotic growth promoters in diets for pigs can be discontinued and thus, the risk of transmitting antibiotic-resistant bacteria from livestock to the human food chain will be reduced. If this objective is achieved, safer and more natural food products can be produced and the sustainability of modern livestock production will be enhanced.