Volume 95 Issue 23 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 5, 2017 | Web Date: May 31, 2017

Organic acids grow on the farm

Livestock farmers adopt the additives as replacements for growth-promoting antibiotics
Department: Business
Keywords: agriculture, organic acids, antibiotics, animal nutrition

With antibiotics increasingly being shunned as growth promoters, chemical makers are investing in short-chain organic acids as a new way to help farmers increase meat production without contributing to antimicrobial resistance.

The specialty chemical company Oxea just completed an expansion of its plant in Oberhausen, Germany, that boosts output of short-chain organic acids such as propionic acid, butyric acid, and isobutyric acid.

Last month, Sweden’s Perstorp launched production of valeric acid, which it says is . . .

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