Use of innovative ingredients in poultry feed to tackle modern challenges in food systems: the Innopoultry project

Luca Simone Cocolin

by Luca Simone Cocolin, full professor of food microbiology, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Torino, Italy.

The Innopoultry project aims at improving/resolving important issues inherent with the poultry food chain of the 21th century. More specifically, poultry meat has been identified as one of the main sources of foodborne pathogens for humans. Moreover, due to the improper use of antibiotics in the past, used also as grow promoter, poultry meat is still considered at high risk for the spread and diffusion of antibiotic resistance genes. The strategy used is focused on primary production: considering the feed as important tool to exploit, it is proposed to use alternative approaches in poultry feeding able to control and reduce the impact of food safety concerns.

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