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The presence of Salmonella in production animals is considered a risk factor for Salmonella contamination of meat and eggs. From an animal health and human food safety perspective, interventions to keep the prevalence of Salmonella low are therefore critical.

The successful control of Salmonella on livestock farms is dependent on a number of things. Good farming and hygiene management combined with regular testing and treatment of positive flocks can make all the difference. It is important to note that because Salmonella lives inside the intestinal tract of animals, developing and managing good intestinal health in production animals can also drastically decrease the risk of Salmonella.

The Role FormaXOL™ Plays in Production Animals’ Intestinal Health

After years of dedicated research, Kemin identified intestinal health as a fundamental role-player in successful modern animal production. The stronger the gut the better animals are able to defend themselves against the proliferation of enteric pathogens.

Kemin therefore designed a three-geared approach that addresses the development and maintenance of the intestinal health of production animals holistically. These gears are the intestinal microbiota, intestinal integrity and intestinal immunity.

FormaXOL™ is a microencapsulated synergistic combination of organic acids and essential oils that effectively reduces the prevalence of Salmonella in animal populations. FormaXOL™ treatment is regarded as an additional measure to decrease the shedding of Salmonella, has a beneficial effect on the balance of commensal intestinal organisms and is a cost-effective option for Salmonella control.

How FormaXOL™ works

  • Microencapsulated Citric Acid and Ca Formate (source of Formic Acid), and cinnamon, oregano, thyme and capsicum essential oils.
  • Results in the slow and sustained release of the active ingredients throughout the intestinal tract.
  • Essential oils increase the bacterial cell wall permeability for protons and K+ ions, thus forming an ion gradient across the bacterial cell wall. This results in the impairment of the essential process in the bacterial cell, which leads to the death of the bacterial cell.
  • Undissociated formic acid penetrates the Salmonella cell wall and dissociates inside the bacterial cell releasing H+ ions. The increase in intracellular concentration of H+ ions disrupts the normal cell physiology (via reduction of intracellular pH and anion accumulation) resulting in bacterial cell death.
Chicken digestive tract illustration

The Benefits of FormaXOL™

  • Results in a lower intestinal Salmonella colonisation
  • FormaXOL™ gradually reduces the percentage of flocks tested positive for Salmonella
  • Helps to maintain a low Salmonella prevalence status
  • Controls Salmonella and other zoonotic pathogens in animals cost-effectively
  • Significantly reduces its prevalence in the feed and food chain
  • Contributes to food safety