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 Universit├Ąt 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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