£2m government backing given to anti-microbial feed project in Canada

The Canadian government is investing the equivalent of just under £2m to help develop a new line of anti-microbial feed additives to help control disease outbreaks in poultry flocks.

The money is being provided to enable the Canadian biotechnology company, AbCelex, to work on a line of “innovative non-antibiotic, non-hormonal additives” that are specifically targeted at campylobacter and salmonella, according to a statement issued by Canada’s minister of innovation, science and economic development, Navdeep Bains (pictured above).

The minister said that the funding was a prime example of his government’s innovation and science priorities and that he believed the project will reduce the use of antibiotics and result in safer food, a healthier population and a more productive agricultural economy.

The work will be conducted by AbCelex in collaboration with the International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto and the Colorado Quality Research.

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