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DICOSAN. The New Source of Medium Chain Fatty Acids

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DICOSAN. The New Source of Medium Chain Fatty Acids

January 31, 2017

NOREL S.A. continues their search for more natural and productive additives to add value to the feed industry. With the objective to achieve this, we are proud to announce the new product developed and included in our portfolio, DICOSAN, composed by sodium salts of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). The product, based on coconut fatty acid distillates, contains high levels of lauric acid, an active molecule with 12 carbons, effective against Clostridium Perfringens, Salmonella and other pathogenic bacteria. In a recent trial presented in “MIDWEST-ASAS” (Lopez-Colom et al., 2016), DICOSAN tended to decrease Salmonella Typhimurium cecal counts and significantly reduced the number of positive weaning piglets challenged with this pathogen. Results suggest specific antibacterial effect of MCFA sodium salts in the intestinal lumen that helped to control the overgrowth of this pathogenic bacteria. Furthermore, in a trial presented in “Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals” (Sol et al., 2016), the addition of DICOSAN in post weaning period of piglets, reduced FCR vs control without additive (1.35 vs 2.32, respectively), improving the final body weight by 11% (9.95 vs 8.96 Kg) and increasing daily feed intake by 10.1% (261 vs 237 g/day). The addition of DICOSAN also significantly reduced, E. Coli, coliforms and enterobacteria in ileum and caecum. We can conclude that the addition of DICOSAN in swine diets improves performance parameters and reduces pathogenic bacteria, helping to optimize the diet and improving intestinal health

Mónica Puyalto
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