Everyone involved in the human food chain, from producers to processors and retailers, has a dog in the food safety fight. Assuring that the U.S. beef business continues to provide consumers with a safe, nutritious and flavorful eating experience every time is one of the most important tasks the industry can undertake.
To that end, the probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus BT-1386, available exclusively from Lallemand Animal Nutrition, was added to the 2015 pre-harvest production best practice (PBP) document released by the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo). This lactic acid bacteria strain was noted on this PBP document based on the peer-reviewed literature available to support its effectiveness against E. coli O157:H7. Two Micro-Cell products from Lallemand Animal Nutrition contain this proprietary strain ─ Micro-Cell LA and Micro-Cell GOLD.
PBP documents are developed by subcommittees within BIFSCo ─ an organization that brings together representatives from all segments of the beef industry to develop industry-wide, science-based strategies to solve the problem of E. coli O157:H7 and other foodborne pathogens in beef.
“Producers have grown to trust Micro-Cell products for their ability to help improve feed efficiency and average daily gain in feedlot cattle,2 but perhaps more importantly, is the effect on pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7,” says Kerry Barling, DVM, Ph.D., global manager of beef technology, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “L. acidophilus BT-1386 can help exclude pathogenic bacteria naturally helping reduce E. coli and Salmonella shedding.”1
Two Micro-Cell products containing this strain are marketed throughout the U.S.:
- Micro-Cell LA contains L. acidophilus BT-1386, which exhibits probiotic properties in the lower gut of beef cattle fed all types of rations.
- Micro-Cell GOLD is a proprietary combination of L. acidophilus BT-1386 and L. buchneri 40788 formulated to help cattle maximize the available nutrients from by-product feeds.
Prior to addition to the pre-harvest PBP document, a BIFSCo subcommittee reviews scientific research to ensure a product or technology is proven to be efficacious against foodborne pathogens. Best practices are intended to serve as a resource for producers to help control foodborne pathogens at the pre-harvest level. Technologies, such as probiotics, also known as direct fed microbials, are intended to be implemented in conjunction with animal husbandry and management practices. Then, pre-harvest controls set the stage for additional interventions throughout the food chain.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to optimizing animal performance and well-being, which is why Barling says the company is proud to work alongside BIFSCo based on a shared pledge to the beef industry and food safety.
“We know it’s possible to reduce the burden of E. coli 0157 in groups of cattle, yet there is no silver bullet to completely eliminating these ubiquitous and naturally-occurring bacteria,” Barling says.
“Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to working with groups like BIFSCo to continue to develop and test technologies that will help us ensure a safe beef supply.”
To learn more about BIFSCo, visit www.bifsco.org. To learn more about Micro-Cell, talk with your animal health supplier, Lallemand Animal Nutrition representative or visit www.lallemandanimalnutrition.com.