Thursday, July 25, 2024

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A Regulatory Nod that Reshapes the Livestock Landscape

Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services, has officially secured FDA’s approval to use chromium propionate in growing turkey diets. Under the established terms, Kemin will be able to use its KemTRACE® Chromium solution for instilling chromium in swine, broiler chickens, cattle, horses, and growing turkey diets. Talk about the solution in question, understood to be the only FDA-reviewed source of chromium propionate, it is a highly bioavailable organic source of chromium propionate which can stabilize insulin receptors in animals so to improve glucose utilization and reduce the negative impacts of stress. Furthermore, as every cell in the animal relies on glucose to fuel its function and growth, maximizing function of the same can be expected to also bolster immune response, along with overall health and performance. This whole value proposition was markedly validated during Kemin’s research where the company showed that KemTRACE Chromium can safely enhance turkey performance when supplemented in turkey diets at five times the minimal concentration. To be more specific, the study revealed that turkeys supplemented through the component in question, over the course of 84 days, displayed greater average daily gain, while simultaneously boasting a tendency to gain more efficiently than controls. Apart from that, the study claimed that turkeys carrying chromium propionate were also significantly heavier than controls, by the 84th day.

“We are thrilled that the use of chromium propionate in animal diets continues to expand in the U.S. and beyond,” said Kristi Krafka, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health, North America. “Kemin has spent decades advancing the nutrition and performance of livestock and poultry through novel feed ingredients and is now able to offer safe, effective KemTRACE Chromium to turkey producers, nutritionists, and veterinarians.”

Making this development even more valuable are all those other already-published research studies that showed chromium has the ability to reduce cortisol, a hormone secreted in response to stress. Interestingly enough, reducing cortisol can also go on to decrease negative impacts from various stress events, such as extreme heat or cold, diet changes, disease challenges, and more.

Anyway, with solution largely validated, we now must turn our attention to what makes Kemin an ideal candidate for leading such a charge. The answer to that resides in its ability to supply, at the moment, more than 500 specialty ingredients for human and animal health and nutrition, pet food, aquaculture, nutraceutical, food technologies, crop technologies, textile, biofuel, and animal vaccine industries. The company’s excellence in providing these ingredients is further reinforced by a global clientele, which stretches across more than 120 countries.

“There is a robust and growing body of research demonstrating the utility of chromium propionate supplementation in cattle, swine, broilers, horses, and now, turkeys,” said Dr. Jerry Spears, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue to partner with Kemin, help bring this new research to the turkey industry, and support advancements in animal health and performance.”