Probiotics may protect piglets from E. coli infection
Beneficial bacteria could replace antibiotics in pig feed
By Beth Mole, 11:41 AM November 22, 2013
Probiotic-laced pig feed slashes the number of infectious bacteria stuck to a piglet’s intestines, researchers report in the December Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The finding suggests that probiotic-packed food could protect piglets from common infections and replace controversial antibiotic treatments used on farms.
Carmen Bednorz of Freie Universität Berlin and colleagues gave 12 piglets normal feed and 12 others feed with the probiotic Enterococcus faecium, a bacterium already a...
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